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Lorry drivers should use commercial satnavs

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The Local Government Association (LGA) believes that all lorry drivers who use satnavs should be forced to use commercial models rather than using cheaper satnavs that have been designed for cars.

This plea comes after lorries have caused more chaos on the roads. For example, the 200-year-old suspension bridge at Marlow, a village on the River Thames in Buckinghamshire, was closed for months after a driver ignored warning signs and road-narrowing bollards. Instead, he followed his satnav and drove his heavy truck over the bridge, thus causing £200,000 of damage and a subsequent loss of trade in the town. Other lorries have become stuck under low bridges or in narrow streets and there are also issues of noise and pollution to consider.

Lorry satnavs include data on bridge heights, narrow roads and roads that are unsuitable for trucks. They also allow the driver to enter the lorry’s dimensions — including height, width, weight and load — so that the satnav will only direct them onto suitable roads.

The LGA is also calling for councils to have the authority to issue fines to lorry drivers who ignore weight or width restrictions on their roads. As the police do not always have sufficient resources to enforce such restrictions, the LGA wants all councils to have similar powers to those already possessed by councils in London and in Wales which can take enforcement action.

Last reviewed 10 February 2017

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