Feb 4, 2010
FMCSA bans texting while driving commercial vehicles
The FMCSA will complete a more formal notice-and-comment rulemaking later in 2010.
The ban applies to CMVs subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), which includes vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds in interstate commerce on public roads. This includes all vehicles which require a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) to operate, as well as lighter trucks which could include heavier rated pick-up trucks.
Texting can only be done by a driver when the vehicle is off the roadway and parked in a legal and safe area.
This ban does not prohibit texting by a passenger and does not prohibit texting by the driver while not driving. Again, the vehicle should be off of the roadway, parked in a legal and safe manner.
This is effective immediately. Personally, I think this is a great idea.