KZN seizes 20 more container trucks

2009-12-23 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department has defied the national department by continuing to “apply the letter of the law” and impound trucks that are found to be in violation of height regulations.

To date, 180 trucks carrying the “high-cube” containers that exceed the department’s stipulated 4,3 metres height limit have been impounded since the beginning of December.

Twenty trucks were seized on Monday and yesterday.

This flies in the face of a directive issued through the Road Freight Association by Zakhele Twala, the deputy director-general of Transport Regulation, Accident and Incident Investigation in the national department, that the department should cease impounding the trucks.

A source close to the department said it is following the rules of the road and will continue to impound the trucks.

By yesterday, the Mkondeni weighbridge was packed to capacity with impounded trucks.

John Schnell, the director of the Road and Traffic Inspectorate, said KwaZulu-Natal has zero tolerance for lawbreakers and will conti­nue to impound the trucks.

“For the past five years, the [trucking] industry has been seeking an extension of height restrictions to encompass the high-cube containers, which they have not received, and [thus] we will continue to apply the law,” he said.

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