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Illinois GPS Task Force Releases Report to General Assembly

SKOKIE, Ill. Feb. 8, 2011 Illinois

One of the key findings by the task force, made up of government and industry representatives, was that the state currently maintains multiple databases with critical truck-specific data that is not easily accessible by the commercial trucking industry.  Such data is important to keep large trucks on approved roadways and away from hazards – such as low bridges – that can cause public safety issues.

Michael Zalewski Illinois

The Global Positioning System Technology and Designated Truck Route System Task Force was established last September pursuant to Public Act 96-1370. The task force was charged with considering advances in and utilization of Global Positioning System technology (GPS) related to routing information for commercial vehicles, in advance of proposed legislation regulating the use of GPS by truck drivers.  The Task Force also was directed to study the implementation and compliance with the Designated Truck Route System, Statute 625 ILCS 5/15-116.

The availability and use of truck specific information is critical for successful routing in GPS units and other technology used by commercial truck drivers.  

In its exploration of the current environment, the Task Force found several challenges that make accessing and using appropriate truck-specific information difficult.    


The Task Force’s recommendations center on four key areas: merging databases together; requiring local jurisdictions to report their designated truck networks and preferred routes via a simplified reporting process; making the database more accessible to the commercial trucking industry; and educating truck drivers on the differences between GPS devices designed for trucks and those used in cars.

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The Task Force was composed of the following members:

Craig Cassem, P.E., County Engineer, Grundy County Highway Department

Franco Coladipietro, State Representative, 45th District

David B. Johnson, Maintenance Operations Engineer, Illinois Department of Transportation

John O. Jones, State Senator, 54th District

Vydas Juskelis, Director public Works, Village of Villa Park, Illinois

John M. McAvoy, Director, Engineering, Rand McNally

Kwame Raoul, State Senator, 13th District

Don Schaefer, Executive Vice-President, Mid-West Truckers Association, Inc.

Michael Zalewski, State Representative, 21st District, Committee Chair

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