Motorists parking on pavements

2014-04-14 00:00

Pavement parking

Lawlessness in the city centre has extended to motorists taking to parking on the pavements. Observant readers alerted The Witness to this and other transgressions around the court precinct and in Burger Street near the offices of Umgeni Water.

Attorney Farouk Jasat said that previous complaints have not brought about tangible policing. “Our traffic department is not functioning as is required in law.

“Prince Edward Street, which has a red line, means nothing as motorists park at will leading to traffic congestion. Opposite the magistrate’s court, the pavement is being used to park. What about the infrastructure? Does it have to collapse before money is wasted to fix it, leaving aside the right of the public to use it as a pavement,” he said

Farouk Ally noticed that staff of Umgeni Water were allegedly illegally parking on the pavement outside their offices and he claims they have been doing this for the past year. “I advised a traffic official last week who promised that all vehicles parked on the pavement will be ticketed as this is against the law.”

The municipality responded that the public safety (traffic) department viewed the offence of vehicles parking on the sidewalk very seriously.

“This does not only position our pedestrians at risk of being injured or killed should they be forced to use the road way but these vehicles also damage the infrastructure of the public road which is an added burden to our ratepayers. This division has experienced many serious challenges of recent years, and the municipality in addressing some issues has employed 40 traffic wardens who will attend to this type of blatant disregard of traffic laws by motorists.

“This division does not prescribe to the behaviour as described by the complainant and it is very unfortunate that the culprit could not be identified so that appropriate disciplinary action could be instituted.”

The public is encouraged to report traffic issues to the office of the manager, public safety or to the emergency call centre at the following telephone numbers: 033 392 3754 or 033 392 2854.

Much needed maintenance

Marline Turner asks why the street lights in Hayfields had been replaced, when there appeared to be nothing wrong with them.

Nqobile Madonda responded that only poles that had been identified to have rust at the bottom had been replaced as part of the maintenance programme. “Such poles pose a danger to the public as well as staff when conducting repairs,” she said.

Empty pothole promises

Sean Singh said it has been almost two months since he contacted the municipal pothole section to repair potholes in Ishwari Road. One section of the road cannot be driven on when there is oncoming traffic.

“Whenever I contact the municipality for a progress report I am always told, ‘We are busy with Greytown Road, we are coming to you’. On March 31 I phoned for feedback and I was informed that on Wednesday they would start at Ishwari Road; no luck up until today. If any of the residents encounter problems with their vehicles we will most certainly be lodging claims with the municipality. I am now tired of phoning and complaining about potholes.”

Msunduzi’s Nqobile Madonda responds: “As per the roads department work schedule, that area will be attended to by next week.”

Non functioning robots

The robot at the intersection of Alexandra and Alan Paton Avenue (Durban Road) has not been working for quite a while.

Nqobile Madonda said the robot control had been damaged as a result of cable theft.

The municipality would be procuring a new controller and the traffic signals should be functioning properly by next week.

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