COMPANY POLICY ON HAND-HELD COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES
A new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule restricts the use of all hand-held mobile devices by drivers of motor vehicles. This rule making restricts a driver from holding a mobile device to make a call, or dialing by pressing more than a single button. Drivers who use a mobile phone while driving can only use a hands-free phone. In response to this regulation, our company is implementing the following company policies:
Cell phone use while operating a company vehicle is expressly prohibited. This prohibition includes the use of the following: • Cell Phones • Texting • Qualcomm or similar devices.
If you are required to make or receive a call, find a safe location (not the shoulder of the highway) and park your vehicle before using a communication device.
If you receive an incoming call while driving, allow it go to voice mail and, if necessary, respond after finding a safe place to stop your vehicle.
Although not prohibited by federal regulation, the company believes that Bluetooth devices create a distraction for the driver and is therefore prohibiting the use of such devices while driving.
If making an emergency call, find a safe location to park your vehicle prior to using the phone.
Our company is dedicated to both compliance with state and federal laws and is committed to operating safely. Distracted driving represents an unacceptable risk to the public. Drivers who violate the rules governing hand-held communication devices shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.