Municipal truck illegally overloaded

2013-11-21 00:00

A MUNICIPAL truck, overloaded with passengers, has raised a local resident’s concern.

While driving to work yesterday, Julian Govender spotted the truck on Old Greytown Road. He noticed a passenger with his leg hanging over the side of the vehicle and took a picture. He identified the vehicle as a municipal truck carrying workers.

He said the scene reminded him about an article in The Witness, where children from Carter High School were overloaded on the back of a small bakkie.

“Clearly this truck was overloaded. Some of the passengers did not even have space to sit. If that truck was in an accident, all those passengers would be dead,” said Govender.

As previously reported, it is illegal to transport passengers in the cargo bin of a vehicle or in an uncovered vehicle where they are not strapped in.

Govender said that as it was a municipal vehicle, this did not set a very good example to the public. He added that it raised questions around adequate policing on our roads, particularly in the mornings when traffic is heavy.

“If the local municipality or traffic department were more vigilant, things like this would not happen,” said Govender, “A couple of mornings ago there were traffic officers trapping vehicles for speeding, but in cases like this where people’s lives are at risk, they are nowhere to be seen.”

Attempts to get comment from the municipality yesterday were unsuccessful.

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