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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

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

January 30, 2017 4:04 PM
By Brian Mortimer

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

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.

Brian Mortimer at Farleigh Bridge

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.

Brian Mortimer, Maidstone Borough Councillor for Coxheath & Hunton, is pleased to support this initiative: "There is no excuse in 2017 for lorry drivers to be unaware of unsuitable roads, causing chaos for local residents and danger for other road users. This is a welcome proposal which the Government and Kent County Council should support."