DfT moves to end sat-nav lorry traps

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Signs warning lorry drivers that their sat-navs are directing them down unsuitable roads could soon become commonplace under new rules being introduced by the Department for Transport.

Transport minister Norman Baker has laid before parliament rules that would mean local councils would no longer need government approval to introduce the signs.

“I am bringing an end to the ludicrous situation where councils have to come to central government for permission to put up signs they need to use on a regular basis to manage their roads, said Baker.

“This will also allow them to more easily introduce new signs – like those which will prevent sat-navs directing huge lorries down narrow country lanes.

“By adding these signs to the list of those which councils can use without needing Whitehall approval we will be reducing costs and bureaucracy as well making sure that the needs of 21st century drivers and cyclists are met.”

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