America News: Real-time tracking for trucks in US-Mexico cross-border project

America News:  Real-time tracking for trucks in US-Mexico cross-border project

All Mexican and US vehicles participating in the ongoing cross-border trucking demonstration project will have to participate in a satellite-based vehicle tracking system.

The plan is under development by the US DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the government of Mexico’s Secretaria de Communicaciones y Transportes (SCT).

FMCSA intends to issue a contract to provide satellite terminals for the near real-time tracking of commercial trucks travelling throughout the continental US and Mexico as part of the cross-border trucking demonstration project.

The vehicle tracking system will incorporate GPS and wireless technology to accurately determine a vehicle’s position, and will be used to monitor hours of service, cabotage violations, and the date and time of international and state crossings.

Vehicles will be tracked by vehicle number and company – no driver information will be collected or tracked.

The systems will be installed at no cost to the participating trucking companies.


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