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Sat nav improvements coming for lorry drivers

By: Chris Taylor
06 January 2012

Drivers involved in logistics work could find their lives made easier following a review into the reliability of satellite navigation systems this year.

In March the local transport minister Norman Baker will lead a summit discussing the problems facing drivers who use sat nav systems, reports BBC News.

The meeting, set to include sat nav manufacturers and highway authorities, was provoked by campaigners who claim that the routes provided by sat navs are unsuitable for some vehicles.

Mr Baker agrees that out of date directions in particular account for misdirected traffic - "a scourge of local communities," as he puts it.

"It is vital highway authorities, mapping companies and sat nav manufacturers work more closely together to provide drivers with accurate, up-to-date information on traffic restrictions such as narrow roads or low bridges," Mr Baker said, according to

Several changes could take affect following the summit, including the ability for council's to designate their own classifications for roads as opposed to the Department for Transport, based in London.

Sat nav manufacturers will also be urged to think about less expensive and less complicated ways in which users can update their devices.

Supporters of the summit include Neil Greig, head of research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, who said that while he welcomes improvements to sat navs, it's important that drivers keep their eyes on traditional signposting.

"Local authorities and government must ensure adequate funding for traditional signposting remains a top priority even in the digital age," he argued.

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