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Driver safety top of sat-nav review

1 October 2006

Fleetnewsnet 11 October 2006

THE UK Government has launched a major consultation into the use of satellite navigation systems and is seeking opinion on what risk they pose to driver safety.

It also wants to know whether it needs to introduce legislation that prevents systems giving ‘inappropriate routing’ encouraging the use of rat runs.

The consultation is part of a review by the Department for Transport into the legislation governing satellite navigation systems as technology has moved on significantly since existing legislation was made in 1989/1990.

The Government estimates that there are four million units in use today and says it does not intend to restrict growth in the industry but wants to ensure that safety and traffic management are considered when companies design their systems. Once transport officials have sifted through responses they will compile a summary of feedback and post it on to the DfT website. If it is found that current legislation does need amending, it will launch a ‘detailed statutory consultation exercise’.

The consultation period started this week and is due to end in January next year.

The consultation paper is available on the DfT website at www.dft.gov.uk/roads/ivisconsultation.