Call for lorries to be banned from using car sat navs in places likes Walton

HGVs should be banned from using car satnavs due to the “chaos” they cause on country roads, a county councillor has said. Coucilllor Stuart Swann has said they should be forced to use industry-specific satnavs as they designed for heavy vehicles. He says that this way they would avoid driving HGVs on country roads which are not designed to cope with the weight and size.

Councillor Swann oversees the division which includes villages such as Walton on Trent, along with Lullington, Overseal and Rosliston, where they have experience particular issues relating to HGVs. The now infamous and ageing single-track Walton Bridge in Walton is frequently blocked, causing the surrounding roads around the village to come to a standstill, due to overweight and oversized HGVs attempting to cross it – only to find they are too large or too heavy. A replacement bridge, which would allow two-way traffic, has been on the table for decades and is now set to come to fruition, in conjunction with a large housing scheme on the nearby former Drakelow power station.

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Specialist satnavs for HGVs indicate bridge heights, produce narrow road warnings, and highlight routes that are unsuitable for the vehicles. “The devices also enable the operator to input the truck’s dimensions – height, width, weight, and load – so the satnav only guides them along suitable roads. “It is acknowledged that HGVs have a vital role in the economy, and making specialist sat navs mandatory will support drivers in undertaking effective route planning which, along with the deployment of more effective signage, will be of great benefit to both them and, crucially, numerous communities throughout Derbyshire.”

Coucilllor Swann, the Conservative member for the Swadlincote South division, is calling for the council as a whole to ask the Department for Transport to change the law to allow local authorities to install “more effective signage to deter HGVs from using unsuitable roads”. He also calls for the support of all of Derbyshire’s MPs in “tackling the blight caused by HGVs to numerous local communities as well as the impact this issue has on the safety, health, and general wellbeing of residents”. NEWSLETTER: Sign up for email alerts to StaffordshireLive straight to your inbox here

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