MEC uses blue light to stop runaway truck

2011-10-24 00:00

SOCIAL Development MEC Meshack Radebe used his blue lights yesterday to stop an unroadworthy truck that ran a red light because its brakes were faulty.

The uMvoti (Greytown) Municipality refuse removal truck was impounded by traffic officials.

Radebe, who was alone in his private vehicle, said he was following the truck in Ohrtmann Road when it failed to stop at a red robot and narrowly missed colliding with another vehicle full of passengers.

“I immediately switched on my blue lights and commanded the truck to stop. Upon stopping, the truck driver said he did not stop because his brakes failed.

“He said he had complained in vain to his employers about the condition of the truck.

“I then called the traffic police who, after on-the-scene inspection, confirmed that the brakes were faulty,” Radebe said. The inspection also revealed that the trailer of the truck was not registered.

Radebe said it is such recklessness by truck owners that leads to many road accidents.

“We all have to be vigilant on our roads … We are tired of burying victims of road accidents every weekend,” Radebe said, adding that he is planning to take traffic lessons in order to volunteer in enforcing traffic regulations on KZN roads.

Truck driver Sbusiso Dladla said he has had two “minor” accidents involving this truck in the past three months because of its faulty brakes.

“In the first incident I was stopping at a stop sign when it reversed uncontrollably. I tried to brake and it did not work. Even the hand-brake could not halt the truck and it jack-knifed.

“In the second incident in Greytown it hit another vehicle. Fortunately neither I nor the other people were seriously injured.

“I have reported this matter several times, but I am told I am lazy and I have to work,” Dladla said.

Inspector G.K. Moodley of Msunduzi traffic department confirmed that the truck has been taken for inspection.

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