British blame GPS for 2000 damaged bridges per year

Posted on Sunday, Feb 17 2008 @ 18:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Network Rail claims GPS navigation systems cause more than £10 million a year and 5,000 hours of delays in the UK every year:
Network Rail claims 2,000 bridges are hit every year by lorries that have been directed along inappropriate roads for their size.

They said the damage and disruption has cost the rail industry £10 million a year and causes 5,000 hours of delays.

Rail bosses have appealed to drivers to pay attention to road signs warning them of hazards ahead rather than trusting their GPS systems.

PJ Taylor, from Network Rail, said in the last few years the number of vehicles hitting bridges had increased sharply.

Speaking on BBC Five Live, he said: “Sat-navs are a great tool but they are not an alternative for keeping your wits about you and obeying the rules of the road.”

He added that talks were now under way with satellite navigation companies about how to resolve the problem.
More info at Telegraph


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