Lost lorries using sat navs batter bridges

Stuntney Bridge

Lorry drivers following sat navs are crashing their vehicles into low bridges and houses in England’s market towns and villages.

One bridge has been hit more than 120 times, and an historic cottage has been struck 11 times.

Now the Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for government action to stop the daily driving blunders.

The LGA wants the power to fine motorists who flout weight-restriction limits.

A spokesman added: “Giving councils the power to enforce moving traffic offences… would help them act on community concerns, improve road safety, tackle congestion and reduce pollution.”

The LGA also wants lorry drivers to be told to use dedicated HGV sat navs that include information on bridge heights and narrow roads and guide motorists along suitable routes.

Councils throughout England say “lost lorries” are causing “havoc and mayhem” in towns and villages in England.

Stuntney Bridge in Ely, Cambridgeshire, has been hit more than 120 times by lorries and large vehicles .

Despite warning signs, drivers following sat nav instructions meant for cars still try to negotiate the bridge.



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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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