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A TRANSPORT chief in Northern Ireland has blamed inexperienced drivers using the wrong type of sat nav for the large number of HGV crashes into bridges.

In 2015/16 there were 29 reported incidents of lorries hitting bridges in Northern Ireland, 13 more than the previous year.

Seamus Leheny, head of policy for the Freight Transport Association in Northern Ireland, said that as well as becoming too dependent on modern technology, new drivers are cutting corners by buying the wrong kind of sat nav.

“A lot of HGV drivers are buying sat navs that are used in cars. The standard sat nav kit you can buy for about £80 now, but the specific models for HGV drivers cost between £200 and £250.”

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