FMCSA to make GPS training required for entry-level drivers

By CCJ Staff on

RAND00095_TND_710_Virt_UsingDeviceU.S. Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-N.Y.) announced Monday that entry-level CDL holders will be required to be trained to operate global positioning systems, a stipulation that will be included in the upcoming entry-level CDL operator rule that will be released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the coming months.

Shumer pushed for the required training after a study done in New York showed a sharp rise in the number of low bridge strikes caused by trucks using navigation systems not designed for trucking. GPS devices made for passenger cars may not show low bridges, hazmat routes and other items noteworthy to truck drivers.

The study cited by Shumer said that GPS units were to blame in 80 percent of low-bridge strikes in the state and accounted for $4.1 million in repairs on the Long Island Expressway alone.

The entry-level CDL operator rule in the works is a requirement of the MAP-21 highway funding law from last summer.

14 comments
MICHAEL WINTON
MICHAEL WINTON

Seriously?

 

 I understand using the technology if it's there, but this is going to usher in a breed of  drivers that will  never have touched an atlas, and truthfully, i don't want those idiots hauling my freight. omg. 

 

 And yes, i said MY FREIGHT. I have my own direct customers and i'm fairly positive they'd like their stacks of trailers to be delivered without hitting a bridge due to a dum dum that can't read an atlas and check for low clearances..... ugh. What's this industry coming to?

 

 

felix
felix

some one ask him if he ever drove a truck before?.. The use of a truckers gps is like using the rand mcnally book..not every trucker will use a gps or need too.. i for one does use the rand mcnally 510 gps..so far I had no issues with it.

msatapathys
msatapathys

Bridge Navigational Watch & Alarm System – BNWAS is a monitoring and Alarm system which notify other navigational officers or master of the ship if the officer on watch (OOW) does not responds or he/she is incapable of  performing the watch duties efficiently which can lead to maritime accidents.

Hovie Campbell
Hovie Campbell

I bought my first truck August 24th 1974, The next things I bought were a road atlas, a book with the scale locations and low underpasses. There have been a lot of changes over the years and sometimes I think that we've already out thought ourselves. On occasion, "old ain't so bad" if it still works for ya.

Dovie
Dovie

Dont get me started on GPS!! I teach my class how to read a Motor carriers Atlas whether they want to or not! I have had several semis come down my road at home because of a GPS and they were suposed to be in another city. And they always say my GPS says--. I have been driving 23 years and my Rand Mcnally never led me down a wrong road and I never hit a low clerance- of course I can read signs. My classes get taught to way I was taught, so what if it is "old Fashioned" My students know how to read a map and get to their destination safe.

WebbKline
WebbKline

What they should do is have mandatory map reading. People can't even tell you how they get to work any more. Its insane.

DOTDoctor
DOTDoctor

Does this mean that all trucks must have a GPS just like and EOBR?  Another way to put O/Os out of business for sure along with smaller trucking companies.  Just like Jeff and the others have said; what happens when the system is down, when driver hasn't done the updates, when updates are input as yet, etc, etc?  Read map.  Learn to pay attention to the bridge height sign as well as the actual height (not always the same).  If it looks low, ease up and don't try to ram it.  Use your brain.  It is there for more than a hat rack.  Again, back to the difference between a Professional driver and the steering wheel holders turned out in today's schools.  It's a crying shame!

Jeff Pearson
Jeff Pearson

It's going to funny when GPS is shut down for one reason or another.. They can do it very easily for maintinance or for a security reason.. Then we will have a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off...all of them lost. A device is supposed to be a tool, like a wrench, not as the main desision maker.. Learn to read a map, or you won't know how to there from here.

Jimmy S
Jimmy S

When is someone going to make up MY mind. Two years ago GPS in commercial vehicles was going to be banned because of bad information. Bridge strikes were rampant because the information was for private vehicles not commercial vehicles. Now we have Schumer saying that GPS training will be necessary for CDL licensed drivers. This moron can't even spell TRUCK DRIVER and wants too tell us how to drive and which way to go. Sorry,48 years of heavy hauling experience, there is something wrong. Get your map out,call the receiver,ask for real directions. We do not need idiots like this too show us the way. Schumer needs to take a ride and see the real world. I meet Schumer in Canandagua,NY a few years ago when my son was being deployed to Afganistan. Tells U what U want to hear but know follow up . Thanks for listening. Jimmy

Hovie Campbell
Hovie Campbell

Maybe they should re-introduce MAP READING. Damn a bunch of GPS. Pay attention what the bridge is marked.

WebbKline
WebbKline

One of my driver just saw a guy top a trailer the other day because he said his GPS told him he could go under it. I love to see Chuckie get stuck between a trailer roof and a low underpass. Couldn't happen to a more worthless individual.

Wayne Yoder
Wayne Yoder

I find that my GPS is so accurate, I don't even have to watch the road.  The GPS display shows me exactly where I am and the rumble strips let me know when I get a little bit off.  It's good that it does this because I have to have it mounted on my dash where to see it I have to take my eyes off the road anyhow.  It's a violation of FMCSA regulations to mount it on my lower windshield where my eyes would still be on the road.  FMCSA does not want these devices blocking the view of the hood of my truck.

Jeff Pearson
Jeff Pearson

What a joke.. What's going to be next? How about map reading and finding the low bridge index in the map book. Funny how that has worked for at least 4 decades.. Then again Chuckie.. How about spending that money for raising those low bridges. If on an interstate they are supposed to be at least 15 feet.

TIRED OF STUPID
TIRED OF STUPID

Dovie,  I take my hat off to you.  I have been a driver trainer for several years and my biggest pet peeve are drivers who do not know how to read a map.  Or they do not know that odd number highways/interstates run North and South and Even number run East and West.  Or how the mile markers work.

 

Then there are the people who are against EOBR because "What if I get within 30 miles of my house and run out of hours?"  If they only knew how stupid that sounds.  How about planning your trip like we did before GPS, computers, cell phones, etc.  If you did not plan your trip properly you could be stranded and we did not have cell phones to look it up or call for help.

 

Keep up the good work.   

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