Published: 23 November, 2009
TUNBRIDGE WELLS: A sat-nav systems that identifies low bridges and other obstacles for trucks is available from the Freight Transport Association.
The system will allow trucks to avoid narrow roads, low bridges and unsuitable routes, hopefully bringing to an end familiar stories of lorry drivers coming unstuck after using sat-nav units designed for cars.
James Firth, FTA policy manager said: "It was over two years ago that FTA challenged the satellite navigation industry to develop a product aimed at HGVs. The result is a product that is more appropriate for HGVs and will help drivers to avoid obstacles on their delivery routes, saving money and time and preventing chaos along our urban and rural road networks."
All drivers have to do is enter their vehicle's weight and dimensions into the unit and it will provide them with information on clearance heights, weight restrictions, speed restrictions and problematic sharp turns. The unit can be adapted to suit a variety of different size vehicles, and a map share function allows drivers to make corrections to their map by adding their own access restriction information.