Msunduzi plans truck stop

2014-12-22 00:00

HAYFIELDS residents may have won a hollow victory as the municipality plans to build a temporary truck stop near the busy Hayfields Kwikspar.

Titled “Project Truck Stop”, the proposal by Msunduzi municipal superintendent Chanderalall Parbhoo looks at building a truck stop on municipal land next to the Hayfields Kwikspar.

Residents in the area have complained bitterly about noise, blockages and damage caused by trucks that regularly park illegally on the road outside the Kwikspar.

The proposal by Parbhoo suggests a truck stop be placed next to the Kwikspar on municipal land at an anticipated cost of R3 million.

“It is proposed that Msunduzi Municipality lease the council-owned property for the purposes of erecting a truck laybye (short term) and/or a truck stop (long term),” the proposal stated.

“The cost of construction is estimated to be in the region of R3 million, for which Sanral will need to be responsible.”

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Madeleine Jackson said they had made significant steps in planning to build the truck stop.

She said they had spoken to the Road Traffic Inspectorate and the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) about the positioning and setting up of the truck stop.

“We have consulted with a variety of relevant stakeholders including, amongst others, the Road Freight Association, the N3 Toll Concession and Sanral.

“Sanral advised us on matters pertaining to the establishment of a truck stop. They also provided the municipality with material relative to such,” she said.

Sanral operations manager Logashri Sewnarain said she had not looked at the document that was allegedly issued six months ago.

She said it was a problem that the Road Traffic Inspectorate and the municipality were working on.

Hayfields resident Pieter Swanepoel said the chaos created by trucks parking illegally is a massive problem and something needs to be done immediately.

“On weekends, they park on the traffic circle and there is chaos throughout the night,” he said.

Swanepoel said trucks parked there from late at night into the early hours of the morning. Truckers hoot and rev their vehicles as well as damage the road by parking illegally.

“There is nothing left of the pavements. The place is a mess and somebody is going to get killed if this issue isn’t seen to.”

Swanepoel said between 10 and 15 trucks parked outside the Kwikspar nightly.

Hayfields Kwikspar owner Dr Keith Wimble said with over 6 000 trucks coming in from Cato Ridge and no truck stop in Ashburton, all the other truck stops could not cope.

Wimble added that he had seen police fining the drivers of illegally parked trucks and police were trying their best.

Hayfields councillor Sandy Lyne said the illegal parking had been an issue for years. “I am satisfied they [the municipality] are doing their best under the circumstances, but it is not enough. We need to see them making the necessary changes,” she said.

Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela said the torture that motorists endured (as a result of illegally parked trucks) was “unbelievable”.

“But we are working on it,” he added.

Although Project Truck Stop is in the pipeline, it may be a while before Hayfields residents are free from the pesky trucks parked illegally on New England Road.



PIETERMARITZBURG local Sicelo Xaba said trucks from the busy Victoria Road often loaded and off-loaded goods in the residential road where he lives.

He said the trucks start early in the morning and finish loading late at night.

“They start working at 6 am and they make such a noise,” said Xaba.

He said it had become a hazard to people with children living in the road as one never knew when a child was going to walk behind a reversing truck.

“There are so many trucks I cannot take my daughter to play outside.”

Councillor for the area Judith Lawrence said there had been a meeting with Mndeni Meats, whose back entrance is in Garrick Street, to regulate the trucks.

“It is a problem when you have a business and a residential area in the same vicinity,” she said.

“They do try to control the trucks, but things are very hectic during this time of the year and we try our best,” said Lawrence.

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