CORK County Council has moved to end what councillors have described as Sat Nav traffic chaos in rural areas.
The local authority will lobby Sat Nav companies, Google Ireland and Apple to review routes to ensure Heavy Good Vehicles (HGVs), buses and camper vans are not directed down unsuitable or closed roads.
Councillor Gobnait Moynihan (FF) said vehicles are still being directed to the Waterloo junction on the N20 despite it being closed in June, while Joe Carroll (FF) said a European truck driver was recently directed to Dungannon in West Cork when they should have been in its namesake town in Northern Ireland.
Kevin Murphy (FG) said the issue is causing severe danger for drivers.
“We want satellite navigation companies to take into consideration Sat Navs directing people into strange and dangerous area in buses and HGVs.
“It has caused injury and some deaths. They are being directed to traverse areas that are not at all safe for them. We want them to eliminate dangerous areas for maps or highlight them as dangers.
“There are routes that are seriously flawed. An articulated truck came right through Kinsale town recently and obstructed traffic for 45 minutes,” he added.
Seamus McGrath (FF) said there have been a number of positive responses from the Sat Nav companies regarding improving their systems.
“There needs to be some warning on the system for inappropriate roads and there needs to be a follow through on specific details,” he added.
Drivers trying to access Ballynoe near Fermoy are being directed to Ballynoe in Mallow and then back to Fermoy again to reach their destination, according to Frank O’Flynn (FF).
“This is creating major problems,“ he said.
“There are quite a lot of mistakes. There should be time limits for Sat Nav software updates. Sat Navs should also have speed limit alarms if drivers go over them,” he added.
John O’Sullivan (FG) said non-national drivers working for Irish companies and drivers coming from outside Ireland are being faced with confusion due to errors on systems and cited a recent example of a large truck being directed to a T-junction it was not suitable for and needed three local tractors to pull it out.
Danny Collins (IND) added that tourist areas are also missing out and gave the example of the historic Gougane Barra near Macroom not being listed Sat Navs because it is on an island.
Michael Hegarty (FG) urged that there should be an obligation on companies to ensure routes are suitable and adequate for vehicles being sent there.
The local authority will now write to the Department of Transport and navigation system providers asking them to devise a complete review of routes.