Federal Ban On Text Messaging On Truck & Bus Drivers

Posted on: July 10th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Jan. 26, 2010, the United States Transportation Department put in place an immediate ban on sending text messages by drivers of interstate buses and trucks over 10,000 pounds.  Fines of up to $2,750.00 may be levied against drivers of commercial vehicles who text while driving.  According to an Associated Press article authored by J. Lowy, 19 States and the District of Columbia currently prohibit all drivers from texting.

Pursuant to an Executive Order signed by the President, since Dec. 30, 2009, all federal employees have been prohibited from texting while driving federal gov’t vehicles or using federal equipment.