Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Makes GPS Training Standard for Entry-Level Drivers

Posted on Mar 14 , 2013
This is a follow up to my previous blog post. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued recommendations on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and will require entry-level CDL holders receive training on use. The FMCSA is distributing brochures and flyers with recommendations to truckers that include tips on selecting navigation system designed for big trucks and buses. On March 11, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced the FMCSA will make GPS training mandatory when it issues its entry-level CDL operator rule in upcoming months. In my blog, posted earlier this week, I mentioned that there has been a recent increase in low bridge strikes that were specifically linked back to trucks using inappropriate GPS systems. The GPS devices made for smaller vehicles may not have programming showing low bridges, hazmat routes and other information relevant to trucker drivers.

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