Tell us: GPS Leading Truckers Astray?

Sen. Schumer to regulate GPS devices to alert truckers to roads they shouldn't be on. What do you think?

Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing a federal probe into the frequency of trucks striking low bridges, particularly on parkways in the Metropolitan area.

Schumer, D-NY, has called for new federal standards for GPS devices, which Schumer says is leading truckers,many from out of state, onto roads not built for trucks.

Anyone who has listened to a traffic report in New York can understand the frustration of sitting on the Southern or Northern State, sometimes for hours, after a wayward truck slams into a low-hanging bridge. The bridges were built that way to prevent commercial vehicles from ever using the parkways.

But isn't there an easier way to solve this problem? 

Should the federal government really be monitoring this level of stupidity?

Are the fines stiff enough for truck drivers and their employers who don't understand the meaning of "No Commercial Traffic" signs?

Sound off in the comments.

Raymond Collins September 25, 2012 at 05:40 PM
The "truck" or "commercial" gps's out there do not create a route with parkways. Some nicer "consumer" ones also offer a "truck route" or "avoid parkway" option. If truckers are too dumb to 1) Know the height of their truck, 2) know the height of bridges, 3) read the "no trucks" sign, and 3) set their GPS up properly, I don't think updating GPS standards will work. Operating a commercial vehicle on a parkway should result in an impounding of the vehicle and loss of a license. That may make a difference. You can't fix stupid. You can take away their ability to be stupid and inconvenience thousands of commuters.
Tom September 25, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Are there many roads with low bridges are in other states. If not perhaps this is a problem of being unfamiliar with the problem and following directions on the GPS. Perhaps truck drivers should be required to use GPS devices that are programmed to keep them off roads where they don't belong. In any case, asking the federal government to see if this is a problem makes sense to me.
Joe Dowd September 25, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Are there any truck drivers out there who could weigh in on this issue? We'd like to hear from them.
TheGreek September 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM
The problem is that the commercial (truck) GPS units are way more expensive, so the truckers don't buy them.
Joe Dowd September 26, 2012 at 05:24 AM
I had this crazy idea and i'd like your opinions: Wouldn't it be better if the entrance ramps to the parkways had warning posts that were spanned by a rope or flimsy barrier set at the designated height limit. Before the semi could get on, he'd hit the barrier and be warned to stop by the broken objects now slapping at the top of his cab. It would allow him to be backed off the ramp and then ticketed to the max without ever causing a major tie-up. Thoughts?


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