State of Iowa
House File 2456
Senate File 2381
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
InFO 10003, April 26, 2010 - Cockpit distractions
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
On Nov. 23, 2011, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a final rule specifically prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. The joint rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) prohibits commercial drivers from using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a commercial truck or bus. Drivers who violate the restriction will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses. Additionally, states will suspend a driver's commercial driver's license (CDL) after two or more serious traffic violations. Commercial truck and bus companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving will face a maximum penalty of $11,000.
The final hand-held cell phone ban rule can be accessed here.
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 17, Jan. 27, 2010 - Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Applicability of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to Texting by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers.
49 CFR Chapter III
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 62, April 1, 2010 - Proposed Rules
Limiting the use of wireless communication devices
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 95, May 18, 2010 - Proposed Rules
Restrictions on railroad operating employees' use of cellular telephones and other electronic devices
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 195, Oct. 7, 2008 - Notices
Emergency order to restrict on-duty railroad operating employees' use of cellular telephones and other distracting electronic and electrical devices