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MA to Enforce Ban on Hand-Held Mobile Phone Use While Driving a CMV

Most states, including Massachusetts, have laws regarding mobile phone use while driving a motor vehicle.  These laws may have been misinterpreted to mean only for personal vehicles but now it's been made clear. 

A Bulletin we have received today from the MAIA (Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agencies) states that they have just learned that the U.S. DOT rule regarding the use of hand-held mobile phones in commercial motor vehicles which took effect yesterday will be enforced in Massachusetts. It has been learned from the State Police Truck Team that enforcement will be by the Truck Team and any state or local police officer certified for commercial motor vehicle enforcement by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

A commercial motor vehicle is described as:

2) (a) As used in 540 CMR 14.00, "commercial motor vehicle" shall mean:

1. a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more used for the transportation of property, or

2. a motor vehicle designed to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, or

3. a motor vehicle used in the transportation of hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding under the Federal Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (49 U.S.C. App.1801-1813).

 It would not apply to vehicles under 10,0001 pound unless they were carrying hazardous materials.

We encourage our valued customers and prospective customers who have commercial trucks to view the full intent of the regulation by reading the FAQ's from the U.S. Department of Transportation, so that they may be fully prepared to take appropriate protective measures at their places of business. 

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