Mike Check K5UCQ
MILITARY BARS HAND HELD CELLULAR PHONES AND HT'S WHILE
DRIVING ON POST
If you are in the United States military or make visits military bases,
you must use a hands free cellphone or permanently mounted two-way
radio while driving on post. This, according to a revision to the Code
of Federal Regulations posted to the VHF Reflector by Howard Gordon,
The new rule is effective March 1st. It mandates that all federal
installations prohibit the use of cellular phones, P-D-As', and similar
communication devices by persons operating motor vehicles, unless used
with a hands-free device.
Also affected are two-way radios. The new rules say that radio
communication devices, hand sets or microphones may only be used by
operators if the radio device is mounted to the vehicle. In other
words, it has to be a permanent rigid installation and not quick
install using double-sided tape or stick-on Velcro fasteners.
And banned is the use of walkie-talkies or phones in the direct connect
mode to ones head. Also on the no-no list is the use of video
technology in any playback mode, by the driver. The only exception is
the use of vehicular-mounted navigation systems and the use of
tactical radios in tactical vehicles is not subject to this regulation.
These new restrictions apply to all personnel on post and to military
personnel both on and off post regardless of their duty status.
Operators found in violation during the grace period of March 1, 2007
through April 1, 2007 will receive a warning ticket. Beginning April
2nd, violators will be ticketed. Violation of this policy may result in
suspension or revocation of post driving privileges, the assessment of
points, or a fine. (W3CQH, VHF Reflector)