WASHINGTON – The federal government has agreed to issue new recommendations to the trucking industry on the proper use of GPS devices in hopes that the modern-day technology will no longer steer truck drivers into low-hanging overpasses, including some in Niagara and Erie counties.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration confirmed the change to Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., who had been pressing for action on a situation that has resulted in 213 bridge strikes between 1993 and 2011 in the Buffalo area, with 196 of them happening in Erie County.

“These brand new federal standards for GPS use among commercial truck drivers will be the first major steps to thwarting life-threatening bridge strikes,” said Schumer, who announced the change Monday.