Cellphone ban concerns trucking industry

Sherry Martell
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AMHERST - Trucking is an industry dependent on communication and some drivers are concerned a ban on hand-held cellphones could eventually include other communication devices.
Bill Dowe, chairman of the Truckers Association of Nova Scotia, said although he supports the hand-held cellphone ban coming into effect on April 1, he is worried hand-held citizens-band radios or two-way radios may eventually be included in the ban.
"We're an environment where when people want to talk to you, communication is of the utmost importance," said Dowe.
"We're in a service industry that when people call, they don't want to leave a message on your office phone or home phone they want an immediate response."
He said communication is a premium and some days saves operators hundreds of dollars by being able to stay on top of scheduling loads, rerouting trucks and meeting changing customer demands.
He also feels there should be more areas for vehicles and trucks to pull-off along Nova Scotia's roads to provide a safe place for people to make cellphone calls if they don't have hands free devices.
Next month, using a hand-held cellphone or text messaging while driving will cost $50 for a first offence, $100 for the second and $200 for the third and subsequent offences.

smartell.news@ns.sympatico.ca

Organizations: Truckers Association of Nova Scotia

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • tch hwy105
    January 18, 2010 - 10:57

    thats what happen in newfoundland danny williams got caught driving around the city talking on phone....he paid the fine... they caught him on a camera phone...

  • duh
    January 18, 2010 - 10:51

    well then why dont you take a picture of this officer in action while talking on the phone and then send it in to the papers for everyone to see on the front page!!..

    that will make him surely think about breaking the law and contradicting us all....

  • DON
    January 18, 2010 - 10:50

    If cell phones are such a danger, where's the law against fixing your make-up and/or hair while driving ? Also ,what about the gawkers riding along Albion St. at 10-15 mph. Still others will stop dead in their tracks to let a car out of a side street. More than once I've witnessed an accident 2 or 3 cars back from these coutreous drivers . Driving an automobile requires nothing more than common sense, thoso who can't use any, don't deserve a license.

  • Sober Thought
    January 18, 2010 - 10:39

    Forget the trucking industry, what are the cops in town going to do? There are a couple older cops in town who I never see NOT on the phone as they roam the streets, laughing, smiling, and yackin on the phone!