NY Senate passes measure to require GPS on charter buses

Originally published in News 12 Long Island on May 15, 2019.

The New York Senate on Wednesday passed several transportation bills intended to make roadways safer, including a measure requiring commercial GPS devices on charter buses.

More than 40 students and adults were injured in a crash last April on the Southern State Parkway when their charter bus slammed into an overpass. Police said the driver was using a GPS made for passenger vehicles and not designed to alert commercial vehicles, like buses, about overpasses.

"There are real tragedies here," says state Sen. James Gaughran. He says the commercial GPS requirement on buses is a critical safety measure.

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