posted 5 years ago

Sat-Navs and Wrong turns lead to Government summit

The problems that sat-navs can cause is due to be thrashed out at a Government summit

The problems that sat-navs can cause is due to be thrashed out at a Government summit. The summit will be held in March and will be hosted by Local Transport Minister Norman Baker.

Mr Baker wants to see the end to the misery caused when lorry and car drivers follow out of date directions from their sat-navs.

It has been reported that millions of motorists are coming a cropper on the roads because they are unaware they have to regularly update their sat-navs. The oversight means drivers are being directed along routes which are no longer the quickest or shortest and even been sent into dead-ends. In the past sat- navs have led motorists into trouble over the years, including the case of Robert Jones, who was fined £900 for driving without due care and attention after blindly following his device until he ended up teetering on a 100ft cliff.

Mr Baker also wants highway authorities, mapping providers and satnav manufacturers to work more closely to ensure everything possible is done to make sure the right vehicles are on the right roads. The Department for Transport said that at present it can take months for map updates to make their way from local councils to satnavs. He said “out-of-date directions mean misdirected traffic - a scourge of local communities. 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. This will help prevent huge lorries from being sent down inappropriate roads and ensure motorists are given the best possible directions."