THEY have caused traffic chaos on Huddersfield roads for years.
But now the problems associated with satnavs are to be thrashed out at a Government summit.
The summit, to be held in early March, will be hosted by Local Transport Minister Norman Baker.
He wants to see an end to the misery caused when drivers follow out-of-date directions from their satnavs.
Several roads in Huddersfield have been blocked by huge lorries whose drivers have received directions from navigation systems that use information from orbiting satellites.
Residents in West Slaithwaite campaigned for years to ban lorries using the narrow lanes around their village.
And there have been regular traffic jams in Lowergate, between Paddock and Milnsbridge, because lorries have been directed along steep winding roads as a shortcut from the M62.
Other cases have been in Crosland Moor, Meltham and Marsden.
Mr Baker wants highway authorities, mapping providers and satnav manufacturers to work more closely to ensure everything possible is done to make sure the right vehicles are on the right roads.
The Department for Transport said today that, at present, it can take months for map updates to make their way from local councils to satnavs.
Mr Baker said: “Out-of-date directions mean misdirected traffic – a scourge of local communities.
“It is vital that highway authorities, mapping companies and satnav manufacturers work more closely together to provide drivers with accurate, up-to-date information on traffic restrictions such as narrow roads or low bridges.
“This will help prevent huge lorries from being sent down inappropriate roads and ensure motorists are given the best possible directions.”
Neil Greig, director of policy and research for the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: “While we welcome the ‘Satnav Summit’, high quality and consistent signposting will always be the best way to ensure that drivers get the information they require when and where they need it most.
“Local authorities and government must ensure adequate funding for traditional signposting remains a top priority even in the digital age.
“And drivers themselves need to take some responsibility, with recent figures showing that two-thirds of drivers are confused by basic road signs.
“Swot up on The Highway Code, plan your route and make sure you always have a good map in the car too.”
The summit will take place in March – about a month before local authorities gain important new powers to decide how their roads appear on maps – helping them to direct traffic better.