Truck-specific satellite navigation is the most logical solution for HGV drivers to ensure they avoid roads unsuitable for their vehicles. That is the view of TomTom Business Solutions in the wake of the Department for Transport's (DfT) plans to introduce a new sign warning HGV drivers when roads are unsuitable for their vehicles.
The DfT's move, part of its wide-ranging Traffic Sign Review, has been proposed to help prevent situations where truck drivers are routed along inappropriate roads by standard sat nav devices.
"Any government measures that will improve the UK road network should be welcomed," said Giles Margerison, TomTom Business Solutions' Director, UK & Ireland.
"We ensure drivers take the most efficient routes by alerting them to access restrictions based on the height, width, length, weight and weight per axle of their vehicles with our TomTom Business Solutions' PRO Truck navigation devices."
PRO Truck route guidance favours major roads, minimises sharp turns and makes allowances for the lower speeds at which trucks typically travel.
TomTom's truck-specific mapping information and advanced routing algorithms have been developed specifically for larger vehicles, since the development of its licensing division in 2009, as part of its commitment to the heavy transport sector.
TomTom has recently released the PRO9150 which enables drivers to have all the benefits of a professional navigation device with a 5" screen, built to route appropriate journeys for larger vehicles, as well as inbuilt tracking and job dispatch for wider fleet management all in one unit.