Bath and North East Somerset Council has proposed a ban to improve the knowledge of drivers as well as the safety of passengers.
However, drivers would still be able to use them outside B&NES, and in special circumstances, for instance when they don’t recognise an address or are just given a postcode.
Chairman of Bath Taxi Association Rob Hollingdale said drivers had a good relationship with the council, and supported the proposals.
He said: “A Bath taxi driver doesn’t need a sat-nav to cross Bath.
“The majority of drivers agree with this decision.
“If you use sat-navs too much you start to rely on them, rather than learning where things are.”
Council cabinet member Councillor David Dixon (Lib Dem, Oldfield) said drivers should know their way around their local area.
However he said council officials would be flexible, with drivers found using a sat-nav asked to explain why
Mr Dixon said: “We have an excellent working relationship with taxi drivers. They agree with what we are saying about sat-navs.
“Sat-navs do not always show the best route, and do not make you aware of traffic issues at different times of the day, something that drivers should be aware of.”
Members of another group, region eight of the National Taxi Association, say it is important that the council’s policy is flexible.
It agrees that sat-navs on a windscreen that block views pose a safety issue, but says they should not be banned.
A spokesman said: “The overview of the regional committee is that B&NES is supported in its efforts in so far as safety is concerned, windscreens must not be obscured, but the total prohibition of modern sat-nav equipment is however, strongly objected to.”
He added: “On occasions passengers ask for a postcode as a destination and in this scenario, a sat-nav is a necessity not a nicety.
“Minor roads may be visited by drivers rarely or even never, passengers often ask for their destination and add that it is off a more major thoroughfare which will be known by the driver.
“On approach the sat-nav simply shows whether it is the eighth, ninth or tenth turning for example.”
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