To help fleet operators understand and conform to the new FMCSA ban on use of handheld cell phones in commercial trucks, ZoomSafer, a provider of software to prevent distracted driving, has published a publication titled “FMCSA Cell Phone Use Regulations: A Guide to Compliance for Truck and Bus Fleets.”

Effective this week, the rule prohibits any commercial truck or bus driver from using handheld cell phones while driving. Under the new rule, individual drivers face civil penalties up to $2,750, while employers can be held liable and fined up to $11,000 per infraction committed while drivers are carrying out company business or otherwise acting on the employer’s behalf.

“FMCSA has made it abundantly clear that employers are responsible if their employees violate the rule,” said ZoomSafer CEO Matt Howard. “This new white paper offers commercial fleet operators a detailed explanation of the handheld phone ban and guidance on how to measure and manage employee compliance.”

To download a free copy of the guide visit