I was recently made aware that the Ontario and Manitoba Trucking Associations are trying to convince regulators in their respective provinces to exempt CB radios and certain communication devices used specifically by truck drivers for dispatch and business-related purposes from the provincial bans on cellphone use and texting while driving that are to come into force this fall.
They are stressing the importance of exempting certain electronic devices such as GPS systems, radio and push-to-talk functions on communication devices that truckers often use while on the job. They state that these communication systems are necessary for the safe and efficient operation of trucks. In addition, the trucking groups said a blanket ban will impede a carrier’s ability to remain in contact with their drivers while on the road.
That may be well and true… but aren’t truck drivers driven to distraction when they talk on radio and push-to-talk functions on communication devices while driving as other drivers? Shouldn’t safety be the priority for them as well? Can truck drivers multi-task better than other drivers?
Human Resources and Compliance Managing Editor