• FMCSA Warns About Using Auto GPS Systems in Trucks
  • June 10, 2013 | Author: Calvin R. Stead
  • Law Firm: Borton Petrini, LLP - Bakersfield Office
  • As many as 80% of bridge strikes in New York state result from large vehicles whose drivers do not use the right navigation devices, according to a 2009 study.  In response, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun distributing visor cards for commercial vehicle operators warning that using GPS navigation devices meant for smaller vehicles can be dangerous and could lead to trucks hitting low bridges.  It urges use of GPS devices designed for large trucks that incorporate road restrictions such as low bridges and directs truck drivers on how to avoid these problems.  In addition to distributing the recommendations, the FMCSA will require GPS device training as a part of an upcoming recommendation mandating training for all entry-level truck and bus drivers.

    Truck specific GPS use among commercial truck drivers is a major step toward avoiding life-threatening bridge strikes that have been causing massive delays and imposing significant costs on taxpayers.  The FMCSA has been complimented by federal legislators for implementing a proactive approach toward helping truckers eliminate GPS-related accidents.

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