Hayfields residents irked by illegally parked trucks

2016-02-16 11:45
Hayfields illegal truck stop.

Hayfields illegal truck stop. (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - The city’s plan to curb the illegal parking of trucks in Hayfields will have to materialise sooner rather than later.

This is the call from residents who said they are fed up with heavy-duty trucks that park on the roadside and damage the pavements. It was the last straw for a Hayfields resident, who asked not to be named, when trucks “crushed” the pavements last week after they were repaired and concreted only a few days earlier.

“The municipality has paved and re-paved and re-paved the sidewalks. Just a few days ago we saw workers pouring concrete there and this week we find the trucks have crushed their work,” said the angry Hayfields resident.

Residents in the area said they have met with traffic officers and their ward councillors on numerous occasions but believe the onus is on the drivers.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said they could only plead with everyone to respect the rules of the road.

“A lot of money is spent fixing pavements, installing bollards and so forth and all these are done to rectify and prevent further damage that is caused due to negligence from drivers,” said Madonda.

She said fines are issued to offenders, however, due to limited resources, the city cannot station traffic officers at these sites all day.

Recently the council passed a recommendation to have the infamous informal truckstop near the Hayfields KwikSpar on New England Road upgraded. A report tabled before the city’s executive committee said truck usage has “significantly added to the burden” of the city “on fixing roads due to the 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 long, 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. 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.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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