Frequently Asked Questions for Communication in Commercial Vehicles

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Q: Are wired or wireless earpieces allowed?
A: Yes. Hands-free use of a mobile telephone is allowed using either a wired or wireless earpiece, or the speakerphone function of the mobile telephone. Wireless connection of the mobile telephone to the vehicle for hands-free operation of the telephone, which would allow f the use of single-button controls on the steering wheel or dashboard, would also be allowed.
Q: Is push-to-Talk allowed?
A: No. A driver’s use of the Push-to-Talk function on a mobile telephone violates the prohibition against holding the phone. This includes the continuous holding of a button that is necessary to use a Push-to-Talk feature through a mobile telephone, even when the driver is using a connected microphone or wireless earphone.
Q: When are holders of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) subject to the regulation?
A: CDL holders are subject to the Federal rule only when driving a commercial motor vehicle.
Q: Is dialing a phone number allowed under this rule?
A: No. Dialing a mobile telephone while operating a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce is prohibited by the rule. A driver is permitted to initiate, answer, or terminate a call by touching a single button on a mobile telephone, earpiece, steering wheel, or instrument panel – comparable to using vehicle controls or instrument panel functions such as the radio or climate control system.
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