Code of the District of Columbia

§ 50–1731.05. Additional restrictions on use of mobile telephone or other electronic devices by school bus drivers and holders of learner’s permits.

(a) A person shall not use a mobile telephone or other electronic device, including those with hands-free accessories, while operating a moving school bus that is carrying passengers; provided, that this section shall not apply to a school bus driver who places an emergency call to school officials or to the exceptions set forth in § 50-1731.04(b).

(b) A person who holds a learner's permit or is under the age of 18 shall be prohibited from using any mobile telephone or other electronic device, including those with hands-free accessories, while operating a moving motor vehicle on a public highway except in an emergency, as set forth in § 50-1731.04(b).


(Mar. 30, 2004, D.C. Law 15-124, § 5, 51 DCR 1541; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 6082(a), 66 DCR 8621.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 50-1731.06.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 6082(a) of Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-112, Sept. 4, 2019, 66 DCR 11964).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 6082(a) of Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-91, July 22, 2019, 66 DCR 8497).