FMCSA released updated FAQs on its new handheld mobile telephone ban to clarify that the use of the push-to-talk function on mobile phones is permitted, under certain limited conditions.
Drivers are allowed to use the push-to-talk function on a mobile telephone as long as the driver is not required to reach for, dial, or actually hold the mobile phone while driving.
FMCSA states that as long as the “mobile phone is mounted in a cradle or similar device near the driver, or there is a remote push-to-talk button near the vehicle controls” the driver may use the push-to-talk function.
To view the updated FAQs on FMCSA’s website, go here.
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