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Lorry drivers given new road signs

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Councils will be able to warn lorry drivers about narrow and inappropriate roads without consulting the Government first, it has been announced.

According to transport minister Norman Baker, under the new rules, Councils will no longer need Whitehall approval to put up new traffic signs or frequently used ones, in order to tackle issues related to big vehicles.

The Government said the changes will bring in more flexibility to ensure roads are equipped with modern requirements such as signs highlighting charging points for low emission vehicles.

Also, lorry drivers following satnavs can be alerted about roads that are ill-fitted for their heavy and wide vehicles.

Mr Baker said: "I am bringing an end to the ludicrous situation where councils have to come to central government for permission to put up signs they need to use on a regular basis to manage their roads."

Avoiding ill-suited roads, larger van drivers might also be able to swerve away from unnecessary van insurance claims.

© Press Association 2011