Lorry drivers who blame sat-nav for getting stuck in rural roads to be targeted
Hapless lorry drivers who ignore common sense and blindly obey their sat nav as it steers their vehicle towards a tiny lane have moved a Cornish councillor to take action.
Armand Toms said he has had enough of seeing vans and lorries wedged into inappropriate places in Cornish villages and wants fellow members to join him taking action.
He has put forward a motion which says: “This Council resolves to ask Government and local MPs to support the introduction of a bill to control the use of sat-navs and mobile devices giving routes through towns and villages which are not appropriate for vehicles.”
Mr Toms will also push for a change to the Highway Code to have “a sign which indicates that the use of sat-navs and other mobile direction devices will not give routes suitable for vehicles”.
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His actions comes in the light of numerous incidents were large, unwieldily lorries have blocked small village roads - sometimes for days on end - after their drivers unquestioningly followed sat-nav issued directions.
Last year, problems caused by sat-navs were at the heart of a government summit.
The meeting, hosted by Local Transport Minister Norman Baker, was prompted by his concerns lorry and car drivers were following out-of-date directions from the devices.
He hoped to get highway authorities, mapping providers and sat-nav manufacturers to work more closely to ensure the right vehicles were on the right roads.
The litany of HGV drivers who ended up blocking Westcountry roads and blamed their sat-nav for their predicament includes:
*Earlier this year, a blundering lorry driver wedged his vehicle between a house and a churchyard wall in Brompton Regis, Exmoor, afetr following sat-nav instructions.
The road was closed all day as the 44-tonne articulated lorry’s back wheels had blown and it was resting on its rims.
One village resident described how the lorry was embedded in the side of his house, and had caused considerable damage, including ripping off guttering, slates, and electric cable.
*In December, a Polish-registered lorry became jammed in New Road at Bickleigh, near Plymouth, after the driver followed his sat-nav directions and tried to negotiate a narrow country lane.
*Last year, a lorry driver who wedged his vehicle between two listed buildings in the pretty village of Bruton, Somerset, was fined after telling a court he had lost his job as a result of the gaffe.
The driver, who admitted driving without due care and attention, said he had followed his sat-nav system and despite the road getting narrower and narrower continued until the 13 tonnes truck became wedged between a house and an estate agents.