Companies ban cellphone use to mitigate risk

Drivers need to operate vehicles as carefully as possible, no matter if they're on long haul runs or simply completing last mile delivery. This keeps them safe and ensures they don't pose a threat to others on the road. As fleet managers and company executives stress careful driving, they continue to implement policies that will help boost their Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) scores and prevent any accidents from occurring.

Prohibiting cellphones while behind the wheel
One safety initiative more transportation companies are taking is banning cellphone use while behind the wheel. Many states and municipalities have already passed legislation prohibiting mobile phone use while operating a vehicle, though some do permit drivers to talk while on the road if they're using hands-free technology.

While hands-free devices may ensure a driver is able to keep both hands on the wheel, more transportation companies are prohibiting cellphone use altogether. Some believe the risk of accidents is just too great, and collisions can have a significant impact on a firm's reputation, CSA scores and insurance costs. Studies have proven distracted driving is dangerous, yet it remains a problem on roads throughout the country. Individuals who call, text or email while driving are visually, manually and cognitively impaired - their eyes are off the road, hands are off the steering wheel and their minds aren't on the task at hand - which puts everyone at risk.

New risks emerging
Companies are also becoming more concerned about the risk of liability. A high-speed train crash in Spain earlier this summer killed 79 people, and it was recently revealed the conductor was text messaging at the time of the collision. This brings up more litigation issues for companies that don't want to be held responsible for employee negligence should a driver be in an accident while using his or her phone on the road.

To combat this problem and mitigate risk, firms are implementing strict punishments for violators. Others have taken advantage of new technology to combat the problem and have taken advantage of new technology that keeps a cellphone from receiving calls, text messages and emails while a driver is on the road. After he or she has pulled over and is no longer operating the vehicle, notifications will come through and alert the driver of any new messages or calls.