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New York State Tightens Rules for Electronic Device Use by CDL Holders

November 4, 2013

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New York has set forth more stringent prohibitions on the use of portable electronic devices for commercial driver’s license holders, including prohibiting their use when stopped in traffic, according to the New York State Motor Truck Association.

Commercial drivers are now prohibited from making a phone call or using a portable electronic device while the vehicle is temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delays, unless it is “hands free.”

Also an operator of a commercial motor vehicle who holds a mobile telephone to, or in the immediate proximity of their ear while the vehicle is temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delay, is also presumed to be engaged in a call, making it illegal. The same applies to holding a portable electronic device, such as a table, in a conspicuous manner, under the same conditions.

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Motor carriers must not allow or require their drivers to use mobile phones/portable electronic devices while driving.

A mobile telephone used by a person operating a commercial motor vehicle shall not be deemed a "hands-free mobile telephone" when the driver dials or answers the mobile telephone by pressing more than a single button.

The state of New York banned the use of handheld cell phones in 2001. Texting and the use of all electronic devices by drivers was banned in 2009, but now it has now adopted more stringent guidelines for commercial drivers.

The guidelines hold New York's intrastate carriers to nearly the same standards set by federal law for interstate carriers, according to the NYMTA.

Comments

  1. 1. Ted Leaf [ November 05, 2013 @ 07:10AM ]

    Check here in Connecticut.

    I believe they just amended the legislation about cell phones to reflect the same issues in this article.

  2. 2. John [ November 06, 2013 @ 08:52PM ]

    I guess since commercial drivers are held to higher standards, then we must be so much better than the average smoe that attempts to drive a car in the east coast states. If the state of PUKE YORK wanted to be fair, this legislation would apply to ALL drivers, especially since there are written reports that show 84% of all accidents are caused by car drivers, who in NO WAY ARE DISTRACTED by handheld electronic devices

  3. 3. Johnny Dark [ November 11, 2013 @ 04:56AM ]

    I have had more close calls involving hot coffee than with my cell phone. Long live the sippy cup.

  4. 4. Mattin [ November 11, 2013 @ 08:58AM ]

    Man, good thing they outlawed those commercial drivers holding tables while traffic is stopped - at least in a conspicuous manner...does that mean that they can be sneaky and its okay if they're caught since they were being inconspicuous? Hows that rule going to work out in court - "no, judge, I was totally being inconspicuous, no one else saw me use that table." Wouldn't want them setting said table or using it to write or something. I didn't know tables were considered personal electronic devices, but maybe the bolts or something make it so...

    "The same applies to holding a portable electronic device, such as a table, in a conspicuous manner, under the same conditions."

 

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