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