Cellphone Use

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to protect your safety by banning you from using cell phones and other wireless devices when driving that may cause distractions that prevent you from concentrating 100% on the safe operation of the vehicle and may lead to accidents.

Rules for Drivers

a.      Ban on Wireless Communication Devices.

When you are on duty and driving, you may not use a wireless communication device of any type. This includes not only when using cell phones for calls, but also for text pagers, and also in some cases the use of two-way radios and other wireless devices.

b.     Scope.

The ban on the use of wireless communication devices above applies:

  • To all vehicles operated by workers while on duty, whether owned by the company or the individual worker;
  • To all wireless devices, whether owned by the company or by the worker; and
  • To all conversations, whether personal or business-related.

c.      Hands-Free Devices.[1]

As an exception to this policy, workers may use cell phones and other wireless devices to conduct conversations when they drive as long as they use headsets and other hands-free devices. However, workers are strongly encouraged to keep calls as brief as possible and to pull off the roadways when conversations become technical or emotional in nature.

d.     Handling Calls While Driving.

Incoming Calls: Make sure your phone has caller ID and/or voice mail. If the phone rings, don’t answer it unless and until you pull over in a safe spot (or let a passenger or voicemail answer the call). If it’s urgent, you may accept or return the call, provided that you remain parked off the roadway. You may not resume driving until your conversation ends.

Outgoing Calls: You may not make outgoing calls while driving. If you want to place a call, pull over in a safe spot first.

Rules for Site Workers

  1. Ban on Calling Workers Who Are Driving.

If you know that a worker is driving, do not call him or her on the cell phone or other wireless device.

 

  1. Procedures for Calling Workers Who Might Be Driving.

If you do not know if the worker is driving and the matter is urgent, you may place the call at the worker’s cell phone but must immediately ask the person if he or she is driving. If the worker is in fact driving, hang up after telling the worker to call you back when he/she pulls over or gets out of the vehicle.

 

  1. Procedures for Receiving Calls from Workers Who May Be Driving.

If you receive a call from workers who are on their cell phone or other wireless device, ask them if they are driving. If they are, tell them to pull over and call you back. Hang up the phone as quickly as possible.

Effect of Policy

Violations of the foregoing rules will be considered a serious offence and may result in the imposition of discipline up to and including termination.

 

Reminder: The use of cell phones and other wireless devices while driving leads to distractions that can result in traffic accidents. So, while we cannot force you to adhere to these rules when you are not on duty, we strongly urge you to do so for your own safety and well-being and that of family, friends and third parties on the roadways.

 

All workers are required to acknowledge receiving, reading and understanding this policy at employment induction.

 

 

John T. “Chipper” Adams

Executive Director /CEO, PRO RIDE Limited

September 2010


[1] This section includes an option that would allow the use of headsets or hands-free devices. Although our cell phone laws might allow for this, the scientific literature provides evidence that use of a hands-free device does not result in any significant improvement in driving performance. A total ban on all cell phones is the superior safety policy. While this is legally viable, legal obligations are minimum requirements, not ultimate standards.

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