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Are school bus drivers allowed to talk or text on their cellphone while driving?

In 2009, President Obama signed an executive order that banned federal workers from using cellphones while driving/operating government-owned vehicles and equipment. More specifically, the ban forbid the use of GPS, social media apps, the internet, etc.

In 2010, the Department of Transport brought in a federal ban, making it against the law for truckers to read text messages or send them while behind the wheel. Truckers may still talk on their cellphones. These rules and regulations apply to trucks over 10,000 pounds, local rapid transit drivers, “T” vehicles and drivers of interstate buses. Truckers caught texting may face civil or criminal fines of up to $2,750, and possibly lose their authority to drive.

As for school bus drivers, it is illegal in Texas for them to drive while texting. However, the ban does not include other onboard devices. For example, use of radios to contact dispatchers is allowed. However, school bus drivers caught on their phones can lose their jobs.

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