Faulty truck suspended

2011-10-25 00:00

THE uMvoti (Greytown) Municipality refuse removal truck stopped by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Social Development Meshack Radebe after the driver ran a red robot on Sunday has been suspended from the road until it is declared roadworthy.

Msunduzi Traffic official Inspector G.K. Moodley confirmed that the truck’s brakes were found to be faulty when it was tested at the Transport Department testing ground in Mkondeni.

“The driver of the truck [Sbusiso Dladla] was fined for the unlicensed trailer and the truck owners must get another truck to remove the trailer at the testing ground,” Moodley said.

The acting municipal manager for uMvoti Municipality, I.J.M. Archer, said an urgent investigation has been launched.

“The issue raised in the press was discussed with the engineering services manager, N.S. Malungi, who indicated that he already has instituted an urgent investigation regarding the statements made in the article,” Archer said.

A report will be made available for the special attention of Radebe, Archer said.

Radebe used his blue lights on Sunday morning to stop the truck after it had crossed a red robot in Ohrtmann Road in Pietermaritzburg and narrowly missed a vehicle full of passengers.

The driver told the MEC that the truck had failed to stop because of faulty brakes , but that his employer had forced him to operate the vehicle. He said he had reported the faults several times.

Radebe phoned the traffic police and KZN MEC for Transport Willies Mchunu and the vehicle was impounded after which the test was conducted.

• skhumbuzo.miya@witness.co.za

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