The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has news on two fronts. And I'm excited about both.
First, you may recall that in January we announced we were banning commercial truck and bus drivers from texting behind the wheel. We did that based on an interpretation of existing rules. Today, we're beginning to make that interim ban permanent through a proposed rule that will make this prohibition stronger and more durable.
As FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro noted:
"We are committed to using every resource available to eliminate the dangers of distracted driving. And this rulemaking to prohibit texting by interstate commercial truck and bus drivers reinforces that commitment."
And that brings me to the second front of today's news. Proposing a new rule opens a 30-day period when we want to hear input from the public. Typically, people submit their comments to the DOT docket at the website regulations.gov.
But we have begun a groundbreaking partnership with Cornell University to make commenting on this proposed rule easier and more transparent with a new website, Regulation Room. This new Cornell e-rulemaking initiative (CeRI) provides an online public participation environment where people can learn about and discuss proposed federal regulations and provide effective feedback to DOT.