By Michele Fuetsch, Staff Reporter
This article appears in the Oct. 26 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.
New York Gov. David Paterson (D) has proposed requiring truck drivers there to use only Global Positioning System devices that are equipped with truck route information to keep them off restricted roads.
The legislation, which was proposed Oct. 14, is intended to keep trucks off restricted roads where they wind up hitting bridges too low for their vehicles to pass under.
In a quest for faster routes, truckers are using automobile GPS devices that do not have truck routes, Paterson said.
“Today, we put an end to bridge strikes by preventing truck drivers from illegally straying onto parkways and other restricted roads,” Paterson said in a press statement.
The governor said there have been 46 bridge strikes this year just in Westchester County, north of New York City.