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Roads: Lorries

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) she, (b) her Ministers and (c) her officials have had with (i) vehicle satellite navigation manufacturers and (ii) Ordnance Survey on identification of roads inappropriate for heavy goods vehicles and public service vehicles. (197289)

There have been no recent ministerial level discussions with satellite navigation providers or Ordnance Survey. Officials have had informal discussions with providers on issues including mapping and routeing.

The Network Management Board, which is facilitated by the Department for Transport, has set up a sub-group to consider the issue of inappropriate routeing resulting from satellite navigation guidance. The sub-group comprises representatives from Ordnance Survey as well as local authorities, and the Highways Agency.

Any restriction imposed on the use of particular roads is a matter for decision by the relevant local highway authority.