By Ramsey Cox
Schumer is also asking the DOT to issue nation-wide standards for GPS devices in order to ensure that trucks no longer rely exclusively on GPS units that are not programmed with information that could lead them into dangerous situations.
Schumer said new standards on GPS devices would reduce the cost imposed on taxpayers and prevent any deadly accidents from occurring. He cited a study that found 80 percent of bridge strikes were caused by misused GPS devices.
Schumer sent a letter to DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, requesting action.
“I again urge you to use your authority under existing federal safety laws and the available resources at the Department’s disposal to investigate this matter and issue a set of recommended federal standards to address the problem,” Schumer wrote.