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3 September, 2007

Wstęp wzbroniony!

The roads around St Hilary, a village in South Wales, are too narrow for large vehicles.  Road signs clearly state this fact: "Unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles", in both Welsh and English.  Yet satellite navigation units obviously know the local conditions far better, so drivers simply ignore the signs and proceed, becoming stuck.

Hence, Vale of Glamorgan Council has installed new signs; quite simply: 'ignore your sat-nav', portrayed as a pictogram to avoid foreign drivers misunderstanding. There'll be a 12-month trial period to establish whether drivers choose to re-engage their own spatial awareness and judgement – I'm yet to be convinced that a mildly cryptic icon will succeed where a couldn't-be-clearer textual sign failed.

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