Public comment needed on draft by-laws

2016-10-19 06:00

THE Umvoti Municipality draft by-laws, which if approved and implemented, will certainly bring about dramatic changes to the streets of Greytown.

For instance - just two of the proposals - parking meters, no repairing vehicles on a street or pavement, and then there is this one, which seems a bit strange in these times of drought - no driving in a manner that will splash pedestrians, and a R1 000 penalty for doing so.

Penalties for these and many others range from R500 to R2 000.

In last week’s Greytown Gazette the municipality published an advertisement requesting comment from the public on the proposed by-laws – deadline for such is 11 November. Copies of the proposed by-laws can be viewed at the Municipal offices, Greytown and Kranskop libraries and a copy can be emailed on request to ashwin.maharaj@umvoti.gov.za

Included in the parking meter by-laws are detailed instructions which appear somewhat confusing and long winded :9.4(a) states that if a parking bay is parallel to the curb or sidewalk in such a manner that the motor vehicle is headed in the general direction of the movement of traffic on the side of the road on which the vehicle is parked and so that the left-hand wheels are substantially parallel to and within 450mm of the left hand curb.

Maybe someone can make sense of this - your best bet is to carry a tape measure in the vehicle - otherwise it could be a R500 penalty.

Drivers who constantly U-turn in Pine Street, motorists are prohibited from driving “while holding a cellular or mobile telephone or any other communication device in one or both hands or with any other part of the body (?), cyclists who ride on a sidewalk, or on any street without his feet on the pedals, and one hand on the handlebar at all times and even failure to leave a bicycle in an upright position can all lead to a fine.

It is most important that Greytonians have a look and comment on the various draft by-laws, complaining once they have been implemented will not be of any assistance to anyone.

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