Stay Outta Town, Welsh Tell Truckers

Drivers warned to ignore GPS navigation because rigs won't fit
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2007 11:57 AM CDT
Trucks like this one trying to sneak down the tiny streets of Vale of Glamorgan were causing traffic woes.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – A small British town has resorted to posting signs telling truck drivers to ignore their GPS navigation systems because vehicles too big for the hamlet's narrow country roads were trying to squeeze through. Foreign drivers in particular were relying on what their navigation systems told them and missing signs that warned truck drivers not to drive through town.

"They are continuing with their journey, and the vehicle eventually blocks the road for a significant period of time," said a town council official. So, a county engineer designed a pictorial sign—a satellite and a box truck with a red line through it—warning drivers to stay clear of Vale of Glamorgan. If the year-long trial period goes well, towns throughout Wales may also adopt the signs.