As you begin your time in truck driving school on your way to becoming a certified driver, it is important to look into federal regulations that might affect you once you start driving. Keep reading to learn more about the federal distracted driving regulations.

No Texting While Driving for Federal Employees

President Obama signed an Executive Order on September 30, 2009 that put severe restrictions on the way federal employees could text while operating a vehicle for work purposes. The executive order prohibits federal employees from texting while driving government vehicles or when driving private vehicles for government purposes. This order also impacts federal contractors and other people who do business with the federal government, which includes the trucking industry.

No Texting While Driving for Commercial Drivers

In September of 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created a law that prohibits commercial truck and bus drivers from texting while they are operating a vehicle. By November 2011, the FMCSA also banned commercial drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. When you obtain your CDL and start working as a truck driver, it is very important to abide by this rule to avoid a ticket and to avoid causing an accident.

No Texting While Hauling Hazardous Materials

In February 2011, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) created a law prohibiting drivers hauling hazardous materials from texting on electronic devices. This law works with the FMCSA ban to try to eliminate distractions for commercial drivers to make it safer for them to operate heavy vehicles.

If you are interested in learning more about the world of commercial truck driving, sign up for the classes at Phoenix Truck Driving Institute. Our programs are designed to teach you everything you need to obtain your CDL and start working in the industry. Visit our website or call 1-877-205-5372 to learn more about the program or to start the application process.