DOT Bans Texting by Truckers, Bus Drivers

DOT Bans Texting by Truckers, Bus Drivers

Truck and bus drivers will be banned from sending text messages over cell phones while driving, the Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will announce the ban, which takes effect immediately, at a press conference in Washington Jan. 26.

The ban is part of DOT’s campaign against “distracted driving,” which is seen as a growing highway safety threat in the age of mobile and wireless phones.

Truckers who send text messages while behind the wheel may be fined up to $2,750.

Federal Register Watch: Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Applicability of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to Texting by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

Contact William B. Cassidy at wcassidy@joc.com.