Action on truck stop

2016-01-25 11:45
Hayfields illegal truck stop.

Hayfields illegal truck stop. (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - The city is fed up with the illegal truck stop operating in Hayfields, claiming the money the municipality is forced to spend to repair the damage from the trucks is hurting city coffers.

The infamous informal truck stop, near the Hayfields KwikSpar on New England Road, is a haven for truck drivers to rest.

But the trucks are parked on either side of the road obstructing lanes while damaging road infrastructure.

After years of complaints from residents, in 2014 the city envisaged building a temporary truck stop adjacent to the KwikSpar, which was vehemently opposed by local residents. By March 2015 the plan was shelved on the instruction of the South African National Roads Agency pending “further investigation”.

A report tabled before the city’s executive committee last week said the truck usage has “significantly added on the burden” of the city “on fixing roads due to negligence of the road user”.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said if the status quo remained, the portion of road between the N3 turnoff and the KwikSpar, which is approximately 250 metres, could cost as much as R100 000 per year to maintain.

The Infrastructure portfolio has already spent R90 000 in the last year for catchpit (drain) covers, guardrails and kerbing.

“This is just money spent in the last financial year, let alone the cost that had been incurred in the previous financial years since the problem started. The non-compliance from truck drivers has caused the maintenance budget to be severely affected,” he added.

The executive committee resolved that about 25 jersey barriers (concrete or plastic barrier blocks) over a distance of 130 metres will be installed at five-metre intervals as a long-term solution as this will stop the trucks from climbing onto the sidewalk. This will cost the council approximately R50 000.

Executive committee councillor Eunice Majola said that she would raise the concern with a number of business units as this problem does not only affect the infrastructure portfolio.

“The infrastructure and community services portfolio, and whichever other relevant portfolio, need to work together to alleviate this problem,” said Majola.

The executive committee added that the traffic department would also need to step up law enforcement in the area.


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