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Suffolk helps to improve sat-nav systems

PUBLISHED: 11:15 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 05 July 2010

Transport chiefs in Suffolk are helping to come up with a solution to the problem of lorries getting stuck because satellite navigation systems send drivers down narrow lanes.

Transport chiefs in Suffolk are helping to come up with a solution to the problem of lorries getting stuck because satellite navigation systems send drivers down narrow lanes.

There have been numerous incidents where HGVs become wedged under restricted bridges and are sent down dead ends by the electronic devices.

But the glitches in the equipment are to be ironed out by Suffolk County Council, which is working with Somerset County Council and mapping companies to eliminate the problem.

They are working to pioneer new software, which will offer preferred HGV routes and pinpoint the locations of height and weight-restricted bridges.

Guy McGregor, Suffolk's portfolio holder for roads and transport, said: “For some time now Suffolk has had a problem with HGVs being inadvertently directed on to unsuitable roads or under height restricted bridges. I am delighted that our work to combat this issue has been highlighted by the Department of Transport, and we look forward to working with Somerset to get critical information regarding the highway infrastructure on to sat-nav systems in the future.”

The overhaul of the way the systems work will include working with various mapping companies on piloting specific HGV routing and working with freight associations and private firms on new hardware specification.

The production of special county and regional freight maps is also part of the common work by both councils, as is the piloting of “truck friendly” sat-nav systems.

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said it was not involved in the pilot scheme.

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