Police escort fuel tankers on N3 route

2012-10-04 00:00

CONVOYS of fuel tankers travelling between Johannesburg and Durban were escorted by police yesterday as the truck drivers’ strike, which turned violent in recent days, continued.

A number of trucks around the country have been torched and stoned, and in Pietermaritzburg a truck was used to block traffic on a city centre street on Tuesday.

Rob Byrne (@TrafficSA) tweeted yesterday: “JHB/Durban — N3 Route, Fuel tanker convoys (10 to 15 tankers at a time) moving along the route with heavy police escort.”

Engen spokesperson Tania Landsberg said that transporting fuel from other provinces was part of their contingency plan to ensure that their staff were safe.

A number of petrol stations around the province ran dry as the strike combined with a hike in the fuel price to increase demand.

Royale Energy spokesperson Peter Noke said the situation would worsen unless the truckers and employers resolved their dispute.

Noke said motorists travelling on highways should not fear shortages because garages on those routes are considered priorities.

Tiaan Kroese, manager of the Shell garage on Chief Albert Luthuli Street, said they had not experienced any problems, and were expecting a delivery today.

Banking Association spokesperson Luyanda Kekana said the strike has had little impact over the industry. All banks had their own contingency plans to deal with replenishing cash at their ATMs, he said.

However, the wholesale and retail industries were feeling the effects. The Consumer Goods Council of SA said its members had provided updates on their operations and that contingency plans had been put in place.

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