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Jan 23, 2012

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Fleet Management Blog

Scosche CellCONTROL can help enforce FMCSA cellphone ban

Scosche’s new  cellCONTROL safe driving system is a device/app combination that disables many smartphone functions when driving a vehicle. It uses  Bluetooth to block drivers from being able to text message, email, make phone calls and much more.

The system includes a dongle that plugs into a vehicle’s  OBD-II interface and a mobile app that automatically disables email, texting, web browser, and app capabilities whenever the vehicle is in motion.

Without a doubt, this has a lot of benefits for fleets.

As of January 3rd this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ( FMCSA) banned the use of mobile phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) unless using a completely hands-free system to talk. Commercial drivers aren’t allowed to text message or even dial a phone number while driving under the new regulation.

And violating the new law has monstrous repercussions: up to $2,750 for each offense for drivers and companies whose drivers violate the law could be on the hook for $11,000.

With the hefty fines, many fleets will proactively find ways to make sure their drivers don’t even have the option to violate the law - and the cellCONTROL from Schosche could be right ingredient. You can buy the device for $129.95 or the devices are also available for $24.95 with an additional $7.95 per month subscription fee.

Could be well worth added safety insurance and avoidance of substantial fines.

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Tony Summerville

Tony Summerville


Tony is the CEO and founder of Fleetio and a passionate thought leader who lives at the intersection of transportation and technology. As a competitive swimmer growing up, he was once ranked 5th in the nation for his age group.

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