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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials
49 CFR Parts 177, 383, 384, 390, 391, and 392
Docket Nos. FMCSA-2010-0096 and PHMSA-2010-0227(HM-256A)
RINS 2126-AB29 and 2137-AE65
Drivers of CMVs: Restricting the Use of Cellular Phones
AGENCY: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT.
ACTION: Final Rule.
SUMMARY: FMCSA and PHMSA are amending the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Regulations (FMCSRs) and the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to restrict the use of
hand-held mobile telephones by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). This rulemaking
will improve safety on the Nation’s highways by reducing the prevalence of distracted drivingrelated
crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving drivers of CMVs. The Agencies also amend
their regulations to implement new driver disqualification sanctions for drivers of CMVs who
fail to comply with this Federal restriction and new driver disqualification sanctions for
commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders who have multiple convictions for violating a State
or local law or ordinance on motor vehicle traffic control that restricts the use of hand-held
mobile telephones. Additionally, motor carriers are prohibited from requiring or allowing drivers
of CMVs to use hand-held mobile telephones.
The attached article contains the full text of the ruling (66 pages)