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U.S. Senator Schumer pushes for tighter standards for GPS usage by commercial trucks

GasBuddy Blog -- U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says too many trucks are crashing into bridge overpasses, especially in Western New York.

Schumer appeared in Buffalo last week and brought the media to the CSX Railroad overpass at William and Metcalfe. That bridge, he said, has been struck by trucks 32 times in the past few years. The bridge, built in 1926, has just a 12-foot clearance.

Schumer is calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct an investigation. He wants national standards to be issued in the use of GPS units in commercial trucks... and we sincerely hope the U.S. DOT is paying attention.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley reported that many professional trucking companies equip their vehicles with commercial...


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blackberry522
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 6:52:05 AM

Jumpmaster, Edwood, CivicMa: You have to READ the Article slowly and carefully before you can make an educated comment or your comment doesn't make any sense. The POINT here is that there are TWO types of GPS. One is Commercial (this means for "business" or "BIG truck" use and one is non-commercial or personal which means its for the "little cars"). The Commerical GPS WILL direct the BIG trucks away from low clearance underpasses, immpossible intersections, dangerous roadways etc. It will direct trucks on safe passageways which may take longer but won't cause crashes. A non-commercial GPS is designed to take a small car on the most direct route, which will fit under any overpass, through any intersection safely. NON-COMMERCIAL GPS ARE CHEAPER THAN COMMERCIAL GPS. Schumer's argument is that Private companies are buying NON-COMMERCIAL GPS for their BIG TRUCKS which are steering their drivers into dangerous territory in order to save a few bucks on the more expensive commerical GPS. Schumer is right. Those companies are idiots.

Sure those drivers should know the dimension of their vehicle, but COME ON... they are driving some HUGE vehicles in some tight quarters, in areas they've NEVER been before, directed by a GPS purchased BY their company, and a few inches overhead and a hope and prayer and an... oops.. I can't blame them. Their lives are tough enough.
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EdWoods
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 6:28:25 PM

The only was to deal with this is to require GPS Manufacturers and System Operators to put accurate information into the Systems. Requiring a Truck to have a GPS doesn't do any good if the info in the device is incorrect....
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danny1460
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 5:27:44 PM

If they pave the road under the bridge without milling down the old asphalt that also allows for less room!
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 5:30:15 AM

too much reliance on technology shows just how stupid many people have gotten.
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TOOMUCH
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 5:43:13 AM

About time.
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Tigrelily
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 12:01:25 PM

Good idea.
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nightworker998
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 12:00:56 PM

Interesting
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CivicMA
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:59:49 AM

Are there special GPS' for truckers that identify bridge heights?

Maybe there should be . . . if it is practical to program that info into the software?
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nztyraider
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:56:42 AM

Schumer is a separatist.
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Jumpmaster82
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:50:14 AM

Saw this story before. Interesting point not made in this edition, the number of bridge strikes was higher in the years before the GPS was regularly in use. So what is Schumer's point? Ignorance of the facts seems to follow him.
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vrossi46
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:47:59 AM

bureaucrats are always looking for more to justify their existence
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satrn38mpg
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:47:20 AM

another old story >
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singlemom27
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:43:02 AM

Safety is important, but perhaps there is another way to do it.
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drish
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:37:23 AM

Yeah, let's legislate that all these truckers who are struggling to make a living as it spend more money, instead of properly posting the bridge. What a dope.
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sprocketsplines
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:36:54 AM

There is a tendency to leave your brain in park when you are driving using a GPS.
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cbucka
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:34:57 AM

too much.
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RAC110
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:34:53 AM

drivers are suppose to know the highest spot of their load
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Jeeputtputt
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:34:33 AM

cad., they do, but they don't know how low the bridge is.....
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:34:27 AM

truckers should pay attention to clearences if they can't read they shouldn't drive
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zeeflyers
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:33:44 AM

Go away. We've sen this, educate, not regulate.
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momster1
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:32:39 AM

When will it be so much that it becomes prohibitive?
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caddilac
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:32:03 AM


I still say that it is the responsibility of the truck driver to know how high his rig is.

Truck drivers didn't always have GPS devices, and they didn't hit bridges as much either.

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suzyq2007
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:24:59 AM

and what does he plan to do about this
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:24:05 AM

No more government BS
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:22:32 AM

just fine the companies
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:19:28 AM

Let them put cameras in the truck also.
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:18:50 AM

Big brother every where!
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DatThao
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:17:34 AM

Yesterday's article...be alert!
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:16:04 AM

More government intervention. After yesterday, get used to it people!
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:14:13 AM

Yeah - that's what we need ... more regulation from Chuck-You Schumer ...
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:10:26 AM


Is the height of the bridge not posted on the cotton pickin bridge?
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:08:19 AM

read it before.
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Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:06:55 AM

Same story. Different day.
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:06:52 AM

very old
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:06:02 AM

Good
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:05:10 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:04:50 AM

Yesterday's news.
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:04:06 AM

already commented the other 4 times you posted this article..
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:02:18 AM

Ding dong . . repeat.
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ekcbp
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:01:39 AM

ok
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19sheldon43
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:00:58 AM

Not being a commercial truck driver, I question the importance of repeating
this post
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SWAPCAR1
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 11:00:46 AM

Senator Schumer is correct. Proper commercial GPS units are more reliable to alert a driver of a big rig when these situations occur. Good job Senator
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:58:20 AM

Old article,
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SWAPCAR1
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:57:31 AM

Senator Schumer is 100% correct. Commercial drivers should ONLY use commercial GPS devices. Professional drivers would be remiss if they said they only adhere to common sense when it comes to hours on the road each day. They are not as alert as they could be. Too much reliance on these devices can be and are in many cases deadly.
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:57:25 AM

Sure this is a problem but our national government should not be trying to solve it by mandating a technological fix (that would not prevent all of these types of accidents) rather than putting the blame where it belongs which is on the driver and the drivers insurance company.
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:56:43 AM

Amazing stupidity.
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:54:32 AM

Old news
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:50:15 AM

Old.
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:49:28 AM

Dito littlebigboy said from S.D., Schumer is certainly an idiot. This guy needs to be done away with by term limits, he reminds me of Robert Byrd of WV, way to much time in Congress.
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:49:20 AM

great
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