On board Satellite Navagation Systems are sending large trucks the wrong way at the new Kilmeaden Roundabout and they were ending up in the village of Ballyduff Lower where they were causing serious traffic disruption, a meeting of Waterford County Council heard this week.
The matter was raised by Cllr John O’Leary (FF) who said additional road signs were needed at the roundabout to keep traffic on the right track. There was a very serious incident in Ballyduff some weeks ago outside the local national school which had 200 pupils. It happened when a truck tried to turn in the village there was a collision with two cars.
Cllr Pat Daly (FF) said he saw two trucks heading for Ballyduff last week and there was the danger of a serious accident at the school.
Director of Services, Michael Quinn, said the difficulty was that truck drivers were following the instruction of their ‘sat navs’ which had not been updated. There was nothing the Council could do as the road signs at Kilmeaden were reasonably clear.
Mr Quinn said he would look at the roundabout again to see if the signs could be improved to prevent drivers going the wrong way. But if drivers were blindly following their ‘sat navs’ there was nothing the Council could do about it.