|Bridge strikes by large trucks and buses are a serious safety hazard
resulting in injury and loss of life, damage to infrastructure,
interruption of commerce, and delays in travel times.|
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) believes bridge strikes are avoidable through better awareness of route restrictions -- by paying closer attention to road signs and by using only those electronic navigation systems intended for trucks and buses.
The FMCSA wants to ensure that its State and local law enforcement partners understand that a driver may be fined for failing to comply with posted road signs, and that the citation may be recorded against a motor carrier’s Safety Measurement System scores.
The Agency will continue to work with its State partners and the truck and bus industries to prevent bridge strikes. These efforts will include distributing the Agency’s new visor card “GPS Selection Guide for CMVs.” The Agency will also work with commercial driver training school associations to encourage them to include electronic navigation system selection information in their training programs. And FMCSA will consider electronic navigation system selection as it prepares to move forward with the entry-level driver training rule required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) reauthorization legislation.
Questions and answers relating to bridge strikes are listed below.