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Friday, April 16, 2021

FMCSA Warns Against Improper GPS for Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun distributing cards to truck drivers warning them not to use GPS devices meant for passenger vehicles.

The agency said using GPS systems not designed for the commercial vehicle industry  could be dangerous and has led to trucks hitting low bridges. It instead urges the use of GPS devices that incorporate road restriction data, such as low bridges, and directs truck drivers on how to avoid them.

FMCSA posted the recommendation on its website as a “visor card,” meant for drivers to keep in their trucks.

In addition to distributing the recommendations, FMCSA will require GPS device training as a part of an upcoming recommendation mandating training for all entry-level truck and bus drivers.

Click here for more details from FMCSA on the recommendation.