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Sat-nav update from Ordnance Survey to stop large vehicles getting stuck

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A new database from Ordnance Survey is expected to help stop lorries and other large vehicles getting stuck in narrow lanes or under low bridges.

With the help of a £3m in government funding, the mapping company is charting about 200,000 miles of roads to create a detailed digital map of the UK which includes information on road widths, bridge heights, weight restrictions and bans on left or right turns at junctions.

Red and white trucks, ready for auctionIt will also be able to warn drivers about speed restrictions, roadworks and cycle lanes, according to a report in The Times.

Sat-nav makers will be able to license the data from Ordnance Survey. A free-to-use version will also be available but it will not include the information that might prevent lorry accidents, according to BBC News.

"The new database will provide the sat-nav manufacturers with the ability to make journeys for HGV [heavy goods vehicle] drivers safer and more cost-efficient and that's a big issue for us," Richard Burnett, the chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, told the BBC.

"However, the new technology can only be considered a real success if each of the sat-nav providers sign up to the new system."

Robert Andrews, a spokesman for Ordnance Survey, told the BBC that the full version also includes information on planned road maintenance, enabling more efficient routing for all road users.

The new system will be free for the emergency services.

Ordnance Survey expects to start offering access to the database from 16 November.

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