Cell restriction included in proposed CMV texting ban

| 3/22/2010

The proposed rulemaking to ban texting for CMV drivers would also restrict the use of cell phones, according to the latest language offered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The FMCSA added language to its proposed rulemaking, and the proposal was sent to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for review on Thursday, March 18.

Here’s the agency’s latest description:

“This rulemaking would ban text messaging and restrict the use of cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle. This rulemaking is in response to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration-sponsored studies that analyzed safety incidents and distracted drivers. This rulemaking would also address the National Transportation Safety Board’s ‘Most Wanted List’ of safety recommendations.”

During a summit in late September 2009, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood outlined his intentions to ban texting and restrict cell use for truckers and bus drivers.

Earlier this year, LaHood issued regulatory guidance to say texting was already banned under existing regulations.

According to regulators, the texting and cell rules for truckers could be published as soon as Monday, March 22. Following publication, FMCSA intends to open up a 30-day public comment period.

OOIDA’s position on distracted driving includes calling upon government entities to educate the motoring public on safe driving practices. The Association encourages law enforcement agencies to fully enforce existing laws pertaining to inattentive or negligent driving.

– By David Tanner, associate editor

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