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From the A417, signage is not powerful enough to stop HGVs from following satnam via tiny village lanes which are impossible to navigate and cause harm. Part of the problem is that once the driver has come off the dual carriageway, he is committed, he cannot turn around so he takes a chance and just keeps going.
Some drivers are foreign and cannot read the written signage, the only sign that works for all is the image of a lorry with a big red line through it saying: NO! And it needs to be big enough so that no mistakes are made.
So when this happens and a lorry needs to be towed out, who pays? Enforcement via the haulage company owners could be one solution, but how would that work if the lorry originates from abroad? Other suggestions could be a narrowing of the access route, but this would not stop lorries leaving the main roads. An HGV option on Google Maps would be ideal. And legislation for all lorry owners to be responsible for equipping their drivers with appropriate HGV satnav and being responsible for the costs and consequences if it all goes wrong.
Cllr Julia Judd lobbied the former GCC Councillor Nigel Robbins and the current GCC Councillor Joe Harris but has made no progress. She says: 'In my view it is important that HGVs and lorries should not even come off the dual carriage or other main roads to get somewhere via these tiny communities. The moment they come off the main road, they are committed and they just persevere. It can be catastrophic for the driver and the residents and causes harm to the AONB and the little, peaceful villages.'