North streeters want end to races

2012-04-10 00:00

FRUSTRATED business people have had enough of a busy street in Pietermaritzburg’s city centre being used as a race track by people revving their cars and speeding down the congested road.

North Street’s short stretch of road is often busy with cars parked on either side. The speeding cars allegedly create a hazard to the people who use that road, both pedestrians (including many schoolchildren) and drivers. The high noise levels of the revving cars also disturb the business people who work in the area, off Victoria Road. “I often have to tell clients to hold on because I can’t hear a thing when they rev their cars at the robots,” said one of the business people who did not wish to be named.

Another complained that he had to continually reverse out of his driveway and was worried that, due to the high speeds at which those testing their cars drive, he would end up in a fatal collision.

They added that, while this has been going on for at least four years, the situation has been getting worse in the last year with cars racing more frequently and at greater speeds.

A woman who works near the area said that she had complained on several occasions to the Pietermaritzburg Traffic and Security offices in Washington Road, providing them with numberplates and car models, but nothing has ever been done.

Another business owner said that he had attempted to approach one of the vehicle drivers when they had stopped at a robot, but was sworn at by the driver and shown a rude hand gesture. While many were unable to say exactly where the cars were from, one man said that he had followed a car and it had gone to Chip Logic, a company nearby that specialises in vehicle repairs, vehicle tuning and vehicle roadworthiness.

However, Cleo Moodley, a spokesperson for Chip Logic, denied that their company was behind the cars using the road as a testing ground.

“We have a dyno testing facility which is where we test cars. We don’t speed up and down the road,” said Moodley.

Msunduzi municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said, “Every road has a speed limit and any person who exceeds that limit is in violation of the traffic regulations.

“Now that this has been brought to my attention, I will investigate it further and engage with the departments involved to attend to the situation and perhaps implement a trapping system on the road.”

• tharuna.devchand@witness.co.za

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