FMCSA Will Accept Comments Through Feb. 22
The Department of Transportation has published its proposed rule restricting truck drivers from using hand-held cellphones while operating and opened a two-month public comment period on the proposal.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published the proposed rule in Tuesdayâ€™s Federal Register. Public comments will be accepted for 63 days, until Feb. 22.
FMCSA first unveiled its plan Friday, which would set fines for truck drivers as high as $2,750 per violation, while carriersâ€™ could face fines of up to $11,000 for driversâ€™ using hand-held phones while driving a commercial motor vehicle.
DOT said it was part of its ongoing efforts to combat distracted driving.
To view the rule, go to www.regulations.gov, enter FMCSA-2010-0096 in the Keyword/ID box. You will then see the links below for the rule and/or to submit comments.
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