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March 15, 2010

Texting Banned for Commercial Drivers

Filed under: General HR Buzz — Tags: 1:50 pm

In a move toward improving safety on the road, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced guidance that prohibits texting by drivers of certain commercial vehicles such as large trucks, buses and vans.

The guidance is effective immediately and applies to interstate truck and commercial bus and van drivers with at least 9 passengers.

Affected employers should ensure that their policies are updated to reflect this change and that employees are informed.  All employers should make sure that they are aware of state restrictions on texting and use of cell phones while driving. An increasing number of states are addressing this issue.

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