Maria Caulfield MP has raised in the House of Commons the problem of large HGVs driving through rural villages and causing mayhem as they get stuck in narrow roads.
The Lewes MP has called for HGVs to use commercial sat navs that will keep them away from narrow villages and country lanes which the large vehicles will not fit down. This follows problems that have occurred in local villages such as Alfriston, Ditchling, and Newick where HGVs have used normal sat navs that have directed them down narrow lanes barely suitable for cars let alone HGVs. Previous incidence have led to damage being caused to properties next to these narrow lanes as lorries have forced their way through.
Maria Caulfield MP said “May residents in rural villages are at their wits end about the number of large HGVs attempting to squeeze through narrow lanes and between houses on small village roads. When these HGVs get stuck it can lead to roads being closed for hours as emergency services attempt to free them, as well as causing damage to roadside properties.”
“I am calling on the Government to legislate to ensure that large commercial vehicles are using commercial sat navs that take into consideration the size the vehicles when plotting a route to make our local roads safer for all road users.”