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DOT Announces Plan to Ban Texting, Limit Cell Phone Use

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today his Department will begin three rulemakings banning or restricting texting and cell phone use by transportation workers. The rulemaking that will affect trucking will propose to ban “text messaging altogether, and restrict the use of cell phones by truck and interstate bus operators,” the DOT said in a press release. In remarks today at DOT’s Distracted Driving Summit, Secretary LaHood also commented that the trucking-related rulemaking would consider possible restrictions on other onboard communications technologies. A year ago, ATA adopted a policy calling for greater awareness and training on potential distractions of using mobile electronic technologies while operating, as well as appropriate employer-based policies. Contact: Dave Osiecki at dosiecki@trucking.org.

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