N3 truck blitz: 39 heavies taken off the road

2012-04-02 00:00

HEAVY vehicles on the N3 are in for a rough ride.

With the Easter weekend approaching, the KZN Department of Transport is cracking down on menace trucks following the establishment of a special task team, which has already issued over 850 fines.

Spokesperson Rajen Chinaboo said yesterday that since the beginning of March, 858 drivers had been slapped with fines, with 39 trucks suspended and 14 warrants of arrest issued.

The arrests were made up of 10 for speeding, one for driving without a licence, one for drunk driving and two for overloading.

The highest speed was 120 km/h, for a truck that was allowed to travel at only 80 km/h.

While Chinaboo did not have the exact value of the fines issued so far, he said the state expected almost R430 000 to be paid in. He said most of the fines issued were for “moving offences” like speeding and illegal overtaking.

Chinaboo said the specialised unit was targeting overtaking, speeding and overloading, especially at danger zones like Town Hill, Marianhill and Ashburton. Trucks were being hauled off to the pits at Mkondeni for roadworthiness inspections.

“Since the beginning of the blitz there have been fewer accidents.

“The accidents cause long delays and road closures, so we are trying to minimise these and we are not going to stop targeting trucks.”

Chinaboo said two truck drivers were arrested at Mkondeni for overloading yesterday. He said the trucks they were driving had containers thought to contain scrap metal. The drivers were travelling from Johannesburg to Durban. The horse and trailers, registered to carry 56 000 kg, carried 75 560 kg and 76 360 kg each. The containers both belonged to the same shipping company. Chinaboo said that despite the trucks being overloaded by about 20 tons each, they were found to have defective brakes.

“With the extra weight, the brakes would have been ineffective. We looked under the vehicles and found other faults too.”

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