Truck GPS units aren’t the problem in NYC

| March 05, 2013
Click through the image to read the September post that began the conversation among Overdrive readers on GPS/clearance-sign problems.

Click through the image to read the September post that began the conversation among Overdrive readers on GPS/clearance-sign problems.

I read your article about Senator Chuck Schumer and his opinions on truck GPS systems in the December issue of Overdrive. Needless to say, that article upset many drivers. The issue with the false clearance heights is no longer a small one. Drivers as well as anyone associated with truck driving should not keep silent on this matter. It affects transport companies, shippers and receivers, the residents of New York City and everyone who lives near it, like me. It also affect the drivers, like me, who know that driving a tractor-trailer in NYC is like navigating a mine field. And whether you use one GPS or several at once, it’s still a nightmare. I have written Senator Schumer an e-mail expressing my concerns and sharing my thoughts on some improvements that I believe would lessen the headache for NYC and for drivers who are making deliveries and/or pick-ups there. I haven’t received a response yet, but I am going to continue sending him emails in order to get his attention. If he truly is concerned about trucks hitting low clearances and this isn’t just some scheme to dip into the driver’s pocket, he will want to listen to what I have to say, especially because fewer and fewer drivers are willing to go to NYC. A time will come when it will be hard for NYC to get freight in and out.

If others stand with me on this pressing issue, we can force the city officials to make some kind of realistic change that would benefit both the state of New York and the truck drivers. And like I said earlier, this issue has gone beyond the concerns of just truck drivers. This issue should be everyone’s problem: shippers and receivers because they can’t get freight in and out; transport companies because of the costs on repairs and the few drivers willing to go to NYC; and the residents of NYC, who are delayed in traffic from tractor-trailers hitting low clearances or blocking traffic to check a mislabeled clearance.

–William Smith, Clementon, N.J.

  • Mike Jones

    No its great revenue provider for New York….if you cause a wreck..cops get paid for hanging out…Tow Trucks, Body shops,doctors, lawyers, Trailer repair….it Great…a Goldmine..why change anything….the Chumpdriver shows up from Arkansas….and his insurance and Trucking Company better have deep pockets…its a scam…if they WANTED it would be done already…been going on for 50 years.

  • Ronn

    It’s probably better to stay a way from a high liability area like that does not care of your well being. People are to stupid to figure that out! Its like cheap freight, they know it does not pay and there they go hauling it. The problems have been there for decades and it probably ain’t going to change….

  • Mike

    i agree something should be done about low clearance or poor marking in NYC. I am a boat hauler based in south FL, usually permitted over width and never over 13’6″. I have a number of opportunity to transport thru NYC. I always take an extra look on any thing involved NYC and more frequently than not just don’t take the load. This hurts my bottom line and is an inconvenience to folks living in NYC and Long Island

  • martymarsh

    Of course you got no response, this is a man that loves to hear himself talk. No matter what he is talking about he always has that little smirk, like hey look at me.
    But the big problem is that these days you have to many drivers that think they are still in their car, experienced drivers don’t guess with their foot on the throttle.

  • Myron Lind

    I run NYC frequently. I use a car GPS. While it would be handy to have the bridges marked correctly, the reality is it probably won’t happen. It’s not that big a deal, really. Read the signs. Follow the truck routes. It’s just another city with its unique challenges. Don’t go there for the same rate as, say, Richmond, VA. NYC will continue to get its freight as there will always be enough professional drivers who don’t cower around with their tails between theirs legs who can get in and get out without hitting anything. Cheers strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.