Bay motorists to put up with IPTS offenders a while longer

2017-03-22 06:02
Die Baaise motoriste gaan nog vir ‘n onbepaalde tyd verkeersoortreders wat die baan vir die snelbusdiens onwettig gebruik, moet verduur. Dié taxi’s en ander voertuie gebruik die baan en druk hul neuse in voor ander bestuurders in die ander bane. Foto: ROSLYN BAATJIES

Die Baaise motoriste gaan nog vir ‘n onbepaalde tyd verkeersoortreders wat die baan vir die snelbusdiens onwettig gebruik, moet verduur. Dié taxi’s en ander voertuie gebruik die baan en druk hul neuse in voor ander bestuurders in die ander bane. Foto: ROSLYN BAATJIES

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PE motorists will have to endure with traffic offenders, who illegally use the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro’s Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) lanes, for an unspecified length of time.

Councillor Rano Kayser, mayoral committee member for roads and transport in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, said in September last year that the IPTS would be operational in April this year.

According to Kayser, the route from Cleary Park to Port Elizabeth city centre and the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) would be first in line.

Mthubanzi Mniki, a municipal spokesperson, said the starter service is an intensive process where an agreement must be reached with the relevant transport operators before the service can be put into operation.

“We have a detailed plan, but the lengthy process of the transport industry and outstanding automated pricing system that we are currently procuring, led to delays in the process. However, we have made progress.”

Mniki added that the National Treasury did not allocate a budget to the Metro for the IPTS for the 2016-2017 financial year.

“And when the new administration took over in August 2016, they filed a refined strategy for dealing with the IPTS to the national Transport Department and the National Treasury. The funding of R93 million was approved late October last year,” said Mniki.

According to him, the council approved the award in his adjustment budget.

He added that the council has decided to set the starter service in motion in the four identified areas of operation.

  • Cleary Park: 2017-2018 financial year (this deadline is being revised),
  • Njoli-Ziyabuya: 2018-2019 financial year,
  • Uitenhage: 2019-2020 financial year and
  • Western suburbs: 2018, 2019 and 2020.

“The Metro is ready to implement the bus IPTS considering the procedure to be followed,” Mniki added.

  • Yellow barriers have been erected in September in the IPTS lanes in Stanford Road to prevent motorists form using it illegally.

“Taxis, motorists and truck drivers now use these lanes to circumvent the traffic. This leads to unnecessary road rage and accidents. We want to stop that. It will only be used when the buses are in operation,” said Kayser at the time.

Kayser at the time added that the roads will be maintained so that they are in good condition when the buses started running.

Motorists, especially in the northern suburbs, complained that the yellow barriers did not help at all, as they were being removed by taxi operators from the IPTS lanes.

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