New sat-nav database helps to stop trucks getting stuck

The Ordnance Survey is embarking on a multi-million pound sat-nav project designed to stop vehicles getting stuck under low-lying bridges. The new database will cover 200,000 miles of roadways in England and Wales.

The National Digital Road Map database will include road widths, weight restrictions and limits on left or right turns at junctions as well.

“The definitive data, which also includes information on speed limits and planned road maintenance, delivers a product which will enable more efficient routing for all road users,” says Robert Andrews of the Ordnance Survey. “It will result in high-quality data being supplied to satellite navigation companies.”

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said the project would launch before the end of 2016. Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association says: “The new database will provide sat-nav manufacturers with the ability to make journeys for HGV drivers safer and more cost-efficient. However, the new technology can only be considered a real success if each sat-nav provider signs up to the new system."

The Department for Transport is helping to fund the system with a £3 million contribution from the taxpayer.