M13 signs aim to prevent tragedy

2014-10-08 00:00

NEW signboards restricting heavy goods trucks were unveiled on the M13 yesterday — more than a year after the Field’s Hill tragedy that claimed the lives of 24 people.

MEC Willies Mchunu unveiled the new truck restriction signboards, aimed at discouraging heavy trucks from trying to avoid the N3 tollgate, in Pinetown.

Mchunu said it was clear that measures were having the desired positive effect, even though more work still needed to be done.

“Unveiling the new signboards is a step towards fulfilling our commitments, and part of honouring the lives of the 24 people we lost, and more who have perished on our roads.

“Taking responsibility means strictly observing all traffic rules, paying traffic fines, not drinking and driving, always fastening seatbelts, and, indeed, driving roadworthy and fully licenced vehicles.”

After the unveiling, Mchunu attended a roadblock and truck restriction enforcement on the M13. During Mchunu’s visit to the Pinetown RTI station, he inspected all operations, from vehicle licensing to learner driver application processes.

He also inspected the testing field and camera operational centre, and interacted with members of the public who complained about the waiting period and frustrations relating to slow licensing processes.

“We would like to see the processes improved and functioning effectively. As we continue with the October Transport Month programme, we are making it our business to monitor and assess all of our department’s operations with a clear view of achieving efficiencies,” said Mchunu.

October Transport Month was officially launched on October 2 in Durban.

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