Satnav summit planned for March
A Government summit is planning to bring an end to the difficulties faced by drivers following out-of-date directions on satnavs.
Local transport minister Norman Baker will host the summit, which will take place in early March.
He has outlined his determination to prevent drivers getting stuck on unsuitable roads over satnav problems.
Mr Baker has also called for satnav makers, highway authorities and mapping providers to collaborate more closely and ensure everything possible is being done to keep the roads as safe as possible.
Any motorists who have been on the wrong side of satnav problems like this will no doubt welcome the summit if it can help to avoid vehicles becoming stuck or breaking down due to unsuitable road conditions.
The Department for Transport has revealed that it can currently take months for map updates to transfer from local authorities to satnavs.
The summit will be completed a month before councils are granted fresh powers to determine how roads within its boundaries appear on maps.
Mr Baker said: "Out-of-date directions mean misdirected traffic - a scourge of local communities. It is vital highway authorities, mapping companies and satnav 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."
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