On behalf of the government, local MP Norman Baker, will host the first SatNav Summit to tackle traffic that is misdirected as a result of out-of-date SatNavs, calling the Summit "a huge step in the right direction, as opposed to the direction that out-of-date SatNavs can send drivers".
At present, it can take months for map updates to make their way from local councils to SatNavs. As a result, thousands of drivers follow out-of-date maps, and local residents end up with inappropriate traffic on their door steps. Furthermore, some motorists do not update their SatNav maps, either because they forget or are not aware they can, which makes the problem even worse.
Particular problems can be found in rural areas, with large articulated lorries following the navigation systems up tiny country lanes. Indeed, locally, this has been a particular problem in Alfriston and Barcombe where residents have, in the past, contacted the local MP to raise their concerns.
The Summit to thrash out solutions to these problems is due to take place in early March, one month before local authorities gain important new powers to decide how their roads appear on maps helping them better direct traffic.
Norman says: "Out-of-date SatNavs can be the scourge of local communities, with articulated lorries blocking country lanes and motorists with out of date information being sent on wild goose chases. Locally, residents from Barcombe to Alfriston have contacted me to raise concerns about traffic being directed incorrectly into their villages and it is matter of real concern. The Summit's sole aim is thrash out a solution, and all the signs are pointing in the direction that much needed progress will be made."
Contact Norman at:
23 East Street,
Tel: (01273) 480281.
Fax: (01273) 480287.