58 foreign trucks suspended

2014-06-09 00:00

ALMOST 60 foreign trucks have been suspended by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport during a blitz after being found to be unroadworthy.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said this formed part of an operation to test commercial trucks.

“Brakes and other defects were picked up as defaults on these trucks. We had a road block targeting commercial trucks and tested 105 trucks and 58 were suspended,” said Mngomezulu

She added that they were surprised that the faults in these trucks had only been picked up in KZN as they had travelled long distances to get here. “This is a zero tolerance province. They should know we are making sure that we are enforcing the laws of the country,” said Mngomezulu.

The horse and trailer trucks from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Lesotho that were suspended carried loads that included steel and copper. Their drivers are now patiently waiting at Mkondeni testing grounds for the companies they work for to send other trucks.

When The Witness visited the centre some were sitting in their trucks chatting and others were preparing food.

One driver, who asked not to be named, said he had been at the testing grounds since Tuesday. He said his company had sent another truck, but that too was tested and found to be unroadworthy.

They are sleeping in their trucks, and cooking with gas stoves. Some said they were afraid they may run out of food as they had not planned to stay in South Africa for this long. “ We have travelled more than 1 200 km and now they are suspending the truck. It should have been done at the border, not here,” said a driver.

The trucks can only leave the grounds by being towed away as their discs were removed by the inspectors after they failed roadworthiness tests. “How can you tow a truck to Zimbabwe? Our company doesn’t have a service provider to fix the truck here.” said a driver.

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