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Commercial trucks can now use GPS as transponders

by GPS4US 2013-07-25 16:05
If you drive a commercial truck, your GPS unit may now allow you to bypass inspection sites and way stations.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently cleared GPS units – along with other mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, onboard telematics devices and fleet management systems – to be used as transponders, which will allow states to screen individual trucks and identify those that meet the criteria to bypass inspection sites.

The criteria include safety history, weight and credential status, according to overdriveonline.com.

States can create networks to screen mobile devices by accessing cellular data network and exchanging credentials through the internet. GPS signals will trigger mobile device transponders, and drivers will get approval to pass or be informed they’ll need to stop.

According to the FMCSA, the measure will help carriers reduce the costs of idling at an inspection site. The FMCSA will also be allowed to check more trucks without stopping while carriers can use the GPS units they already own. Other advantages include allowing more states to participate in the bypass program, allow states to add screening sites with no infrastructure costs.

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