LAKEVIEW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Sen. Charles Schumer has announced new federal rules to help prevent trucks from striking low bridge underpasses.
Schumer has spoken out about the problem in the past. In September, the senator called for standardized truck-specific GPS devices to prevent commercial vehicles from driving on the parkways from which they are banned.
The senator took up the issue following a bridge strike on the Hutchinson Parkway earlier that month.
Speaking just off the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview on Long Island on Monday, Schumer announced changes being put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
“These brand new federal standards for GPS-use among commercial truck drivers will be the first major steps to thwarting life-threatening bridge strikes that have been causing massive delays and imposing significant costs on taxpayers for far too long,” said Schumer. “I am pleased that the DOT heeded my call for reforms and I am confident that the combination of official recommendations and GPS-training will limit the number of low bridge strikes across the Hudson Valley. Thank you to FMCSA Administrator Ferro for recognizing the importance of this serious issue and for implementing a proactive approach towards teaching the industry how to eliminate GPS-related accidents.”