Illinois law intended to improve truck routing

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 12/30/2011

A new law in Illinois is intended to provide truck drivers with better information about local truck routes. The official rollout date is Sunday, Jan. 1.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law over the summer to require local governments to provide up-to-date truck route data. All city, county and township governments are required to submit their local truck routes to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Quinn said the action marks another important step taken to improve the state’s business climate.

“Helping businesses operate more efficiently helps them create jobs and keep our economy moving forward,” Quinn said in a previous statement.

IDOT will serve as a collection site for all truck route information, state and local. All preferred truck routes are to be posted on the agency’s website.

Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, stated the new law will make it easier for truck drivers to pick routes that comply with local ordinances and “provide the most efficient way to transport goods.”

Also included in the new law is a requirement for creation of a brochure that illustrates the distinctions between a truck-attributed GPS device and other non-truck-attributed GPS devices. The brochure will be available at all facilities where people can obtain or renew a CDL.

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