New Sat Nav for Van Puts An End To Getting Stuck Under Bridges!
It’s the stuff of every van driver’s nightmares - scraping the sides of a tunnel or losing the roof to a bridge that looked much higher than it really was. Every driver can sympathise, we’ve all had those moments where we breathe in ourselves to squeeze the car through a tight gap!
The solution is on the way! A new database is being created by Ordnance Survey to give more detailed information on over 200,000 miles of road. Drivers will have access to the following;
- Road widths
- Weight restrictions
- Bridge heights
- Restrictions on left or right turns
- Speed limits
- Planned road maintenance
The new system is costing millions of pounds of produce, with £3 million of taxpayer’s money being contributed by the Department of Transport. After the initial set up the responsibility of keeping the database up to date will fall to the local authority. Van drivers should see the new system arrive by the end of 2016. To get access to this new wealth of information sat nav makers will need to pay. Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of industry body the Road Haulage Association has said
“…. the new technology can only be considered a real success if each of the sat nav providers sign up to the new system”
Although weight limits and height restrictions are always signposted it is thought people’s reliance on sat nav means road signs are now ignored most of the time. So, this new technology could save drivers thousands in repair bills!
Have you had any near misses?
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27 October 2016
Written by Natalie Faughy