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Kent Lib Dems welcome LGA call for Lorry Drivers to use Commercial SatNavs

January 30, 2017 4:26 PM
By Brian Mortimer
Originally published by Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Iwade LorryThe Local Government Association (LGA) has called for local authorities to have powers to compel all lorry drivers who use satnavs to use commercial models following a fresh catalogue of chaos on the nation's roads.

Kent residents are fed up with large lorries clogging up villages and town centres, getting stuck on tight medieval bridges or in residential streets, or thundering down narrow country lanes.

All too often lorry drivers are relying on phones or basic satnavs, totally oblivious of weight limits or roads which are too narrow or otherwise unsuitable for large and heavy vehicles.

Kent Lib Dems have pressed the Police and Crime Commissioner for increased Police action against lorry drivers that flout HGV restrictions but it is clear that Police patrols cannot be everywhere.

Former Kent County Councillor for Folkestone West Tim Prater has backed the proposal.

"There is no excuse in 2017 for lorry drivers to be unaware of unsuitable roads.

"We've many some examples locally - lorries used to frequently get stuck in Cheriton Court Road that "seemed" to be a through road on Sat Navs and there are many other unsuitable roads locally and across the County.

"This is a welcome proposal which the Government and Kent County Council should support."