DOT proposes permanent ban on texting for truck, bus drivers

The Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced a new rule that would prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from texting while driving.

According to a press release, the proposed rule would make permanent an interim ban announced Jan. 26 that prohibits truck and bus drivers from texting while driving and subjects violators to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750. Guidance (.pdf file) for the texting ban was published in the Jan. 27 Federal Register.

DOT also announced its partnership with Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, to increase public participation in the rulemaking process. The Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative partnership allows people to learn about and discuss proposed federal regulations online.

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