Federal Texting Ban


The USDOT and the FMSCA have made curbing distracted driving a top priority.The McNees Wallace & Nurick Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Group has been advising clients that some prohibition on texting while driving was imminent. On Tuesday, January 26, 2010, the USDOT announced a federal ban on texting while driving for commercial truck drivers.

U.S. Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the federal ban prohibiting texting by drivers applies to inter-state truck drivers and to commercial bus or van drivers transporting more than eight passengers. The ban is a result of the USDOT's interpretation of standing rules and regulations. The FMSCA will use its existing authority to prohibit commercial drivers from texting while driving, using any handheld cell phone, or using any other device that takes a driver’s attention off the road. The prohibition is effective immediately and subjects offenders to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750. Unfortunately, neither the USDOT nor the FMSCA offered specifics on how the prohibition will be enforced.

Please see full article below for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

Written by:

Published In:

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC | Attorney Advertising

Don't miss a thing! Build a custom news brief:

Read fresh new writing on compliance, cybersecurity, Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers, social media, hiring & firing, patent reform, the NLRB, Obamacare, the SEC…

…or whatever matters the most to you. Follow authors, firms, and topics on JD Supra.

Create your news brief now - it's free and easy »

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name.