Hampshire fights misguided HGV menace
'Do not follow sat nav. Very narrow lane'
Hampshire County Council has been forced to erect signs warning HGV drivers to stay out of a narrow lane - despite their satnavs' insistence it's a full-fat link road.
The powers that be acted "after Beacon Hill Lane residents in the village of Exton, near Winchester, complained about HGVs getting stuck", the BBC reports. The byway narrows to a HGV-squeezing 6ft which meant "properties were being damaged by vehicles forced to back out".
Accordingly, the council deployed signs declaring: "No wide vehicles. Do not follow sat nav. Very narrow lane." A council spokeswoman explained: "This is a unique measure for the county and is not something we would normally do."
Hampshire has also "contacted the satellite navigation companies to ask them to take the route off their devices". ®
Optimism... I remember having that, once.
"Take the route off their devices"? As if that'll do any good. Do they think the pratnavs get the whole map from the satellites? The vast majority of users of these things don't understand that the devices need to be updated, so guess what? The signs will need to stay!
Not that the blind followers of pratnavs will notice them. They'll be glued to the screen and the voice...