Coalition blames its own plans on SatNavs

The government has announced that it will be taking up the cause of the witless Sunday driver, with a major Whitehall summit to discuss motorists getting lost because of their satnavs.

With some drivers intent on zealously following the directions of the little talking box through barriers like ditches, streams and cricket fields, the government has decided it’s time for action.

Local Transport Minister Norman Baker has launched what is described as the “first ‘SatNav Summit’”, so presumably we can look forward to more meetings of the country’s top brass to resolve drivers traversing impassable terrains.

At the moment it can take months to update satnavs with correct information, and Baker is intent on leading a coalition of satnav industry leaders and mapping authorities to stop drivers careering off cliffs to the sound of “turn left in 200 yards”.

According to a statement, it is essential that there are “clear lines of communication” to allow councils to provide road classification information to satnav companies so that route calculation software can be updated.

But the farce is shaping up to be a last minute panic from the Department for Transport (DfT) as it prepares to let local authorities chop and change road plans to their whim.

The summit will occur immediately before local authorities are given new powers to rearrange road classifications and erect new road signs without consulting Whitehall. Surely, it couldn’t be that the big meeting is not a last ditch effort to cover DfT’s backside when all hell breaks loose?