Texting Banned for Commercial Drivers

Posted: February 18, 2011 in Fargo Trailer Center, Kenworth, Northwest Truck & Trailer, Wallwork Truck Center

Truckers and bus drivers have been barred from text messaging on the job, following announcement of a federal ban on the practice.

“We know that a commercial truck or bus driven by someone texting is a lethal weapon,” says U.S. Transportation chief Ray LaHood.

The ban — which includes the use of handheld cell phones for texting — officially comes from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It applies to interstate truck drivers and commercial bus or van drivers who carry more than eight passengers.

Penalties for texting and driving for truckers will be up to $2,750.

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