The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will begin issuing official recommendations to members of the commercial trucking industry on the proper uses of Global Positioning System navigation devices and incorporate GPS training into new entry-level certification programs for commercial motor vehicle operators.
This means that commercial
drivers will be trained, and reminded, to only use GPS systems designed
specifically for the industry. These specialized units take into
account the specifics of the truck they're in, including the height,
weight and contents, and will then route the trucks onto appropriate
roads. The consumer GPS units too often being used are frequently
routing trucks onto inappropriate roads, causing them to crash into low
overpasses and bridges.
In September, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer called on the Department of
Transportation to investigate the dramatic increase in low bridge
strikes by commercial trucks across New York State as a result of the
growing use of GPS by drivers. According to reports from local police
organizations, GPS-related bridge strikes in New York represent over 80%
of all such accidents. Schumer has been working with the DOT on
investigating this problem and, alongside FMCSA Administrator Anne S.
Ferro, announced that major steps are being taken to address GPS-related
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