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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AE63 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: Hazardous Materials: Limiting the Use of Electronic Devices by Highway 
Abstract: This rulemaking would restrict the use of electronic devices by drivers during the operation of a motor vehicle containing a quantity of hazardous materials requiring placarding under part 172 of the 49 CFR or any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR part 73. Additionally, in accordance with requirements proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), motor carriers are prohibited from requiring or allowing drivers of covered motor vehicles to engage in texting while driving. This rulemaking would improve health and safety on the NationĀ“s highways by reducing the prevalence of distracted driving-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving drivers of commercial motor vehicles. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 177   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 5101 to 5108   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/27/2010  75 FR 59197   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/27/2010    
Final Rule  02/28/2011  76 FR 10771   
Final Rule Effective  03/30/2011    
Additional Information: HM-256
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lad Falat
Director, Engineering and Research
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-4545