Too afraid to act?

2014-10-13 00:00

Traffic offenders not dealt with

ARE traffic officers in Msunduzi Municipality failing to deal with the problem of taxis breaking traffic bylaws on the Pietermaritz Street, or are they too afraid to act?

This is the concern from ratepayers who spoke to the Witness Warriors about the problems faced there.

“We have traffic police visibility in the city with paid parking enforcement in place. However, traffic officers just walk past the problem of badly parked taxis that cause traffic congestion,” said John Naidoo from Northdale.

He said the problem is that they seem to be afraid to confront taxi operators “because they know that they can be a violent bunch of people”.

“If traffic officers are serious about tackling the issue of people breaking traffic bylaws, then dealing with the Pietermaritz Street problem should be the first area that should be prioritised,” he said.

Another resident, Peter Grenville, said the municipality was failing businesses operating in that part of town because of the chaos there.

“When the municipality introduced paid meter parking, it was doing so to eliminate the problem of people parking for hours, and to make way for others to use the parking space available,” he said.

He said this problem does not add value to the municipality’s so-called plan to have a city that cares for residents as well as businesses.

Grenville said it did not make sense that in the central part of the city there was law enforcement, but none is done is areas like Pietermaritz Street. Meanwhile, he says, the city proclaims to have cleaned up its act on traffic law enforcement.

Municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said it was not true that their traffic officers were afraid to tackle the issue, and that the “acted without fear or favour”.

“We know that there have been problems there but we will also be discussing it with the taxi associations that are parking there,” said Mafumbatha.

Paving not replaced

Another problem was raised by Dennis Moodley who observed that pedestrian paving slabs were not replaced after repair construction had been completed in many parts of the city.

“At the upper end of Chota Motala Road (almost at the intersection with Deccan Road) Msunduzi Municipality undertook some repair work which necessitated the removal of the pedestrian paving.

“This was done almost two months ago but the paving has not been put back,” said Moodley.

He said the pedestrian traffic in this area is very heavy in view of the pupils walking to various schools and residents from Copesville going to work in Raisethorpe.

“With the recent rainy weather they are forced to walk on the road, which poses a danger to themselves and motorists,” he said.

Moodley said his numerous telephone calls to the relevant department at Msunduzi Municipality went unanswered.

“I hope that through the medium of your column, a response will be received and the matter attended to immediately,” he said.

Mafumbatha said this is due to a number of developments that are taking place in the city and once the projects have been completed, they will be closed.

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