Monday, 12 November 2007

More Sat-Nav woes - this time at Forder

It was only just over a week ago that I was blogging about lorries getting stuck in rural lanes as their drivers blindly followed their sat-navs, the particular instance I focused on being a Czech juggernaut that found itself wedged near Ivybridge.

Fast forward a few days and we find another example this time just across the Tamar in Cornwall. Within a stones throw of the hustle and bustle of Saltash, well just down the hill that leads west from St Stephens Church to be more precise, lies the tiny village of Forder. It is one of those little gems that doesn't make the headlines in the media ... until last week anyway. What happened was a very large lorry found itself descending a hill into Forder, lost its brakes and only came to stop by the driver throwing it into reverse gear. The haulage company blamed the sat-nav for the driver taking an unsuitable road. The vehicle was stuck there till the next day when a massive crane turned up. The extraction process included the temporary removal of overhead cables and the lifting of the lorry's trailer section over the roofs of the nearby houses! Not surprisingly the TV cameras turned up to record "the rescue".

I am totally bemused by the fact that the haulage industry don't seem to be able to get to grips with these sat-nav headaches. Mishaps like this must cost them dear - I believe someone from the recovery team said they are getting this sort of incident every week now.

Perhaps it needs a pedestrian to be seriously injured or worse by one of these lorries to get this sat-nav problem sorted.

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