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Lorries 'should be banned from using car sat-navs'

Published: 28 January 2017

► Councils call to ban sat-navs
► Lorries shouldn't use car nav
► To stop HGVs getting stuck 

UK lorries should stop using car sat-navs to prevent heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) from using inappropriate routes.

In recent years there's been a spate of incidents where lorries follow car-friendly sat-nav directions, only to get stuck under low bridges, along narrow country lanes and in delicately laid-out villages.

One low bridge Hinckley, Leicestershire, has been hit 11 times in 12 months.

Who's calling for lorries to stop using car sat-navs?

It's the Local Government Association, the body representing councils in England and Wales. Its members are fed up of HGV drivers following routes designed for cars. 

LGA transport spokesman Martin Tett told the BBC: 'It is common sense that all lorry drivers should use sat-navs designed for trucks, but this is only going to become a reality when it is a mandatory requirement.

'We are talking about a very small extra cost to drivers.'

Edmund King, president of the AA, said lorry drivers should revert to using paper road atlases instead of sat-navs. 'What's wrong with AA Truckers' atlas, decent height/weight restriction signs and common sense?' he tweeted.

Picture by Geograph.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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