Potholes and buckled rims

2011-01-07 00:00

MORE vehicles are being damaged every day by the ever deepening and widening potholes on roads in and around Pietermaritzburg, say several tyre dealers in the city who say the situation appears to be worsening.

Denzil Naidoo of Super Tyres said more and more motorists have been bringing their vehicles for tyre repairs, especially over the last month.

His technicians regularly fit new tyres and attend to cracked rims and wheel alignment due to damage caused to vehicles driving over potholes.

“I personally suffered damage after driving over a pothole on Saturday. I didn’t see it, especially in the dark, and I had to fit a new tyre,” he said.

Naidoo said that on average, his firm deals with one or two such cases each day.

“It’s good business for us, but it’s a problem that is not being addressed,” he said.

Darryl Louch of Tiger Wheel and Tyre agreed with Naidoo.

He said that on average, two or three people arrive at his tyre fitment service every day needing repairs after driving over potholes. This is a noteworthy increase, said Louch, considering that 18 months ago they would deal with two or three such customers a week.

He said that in some cases, they have had to straighten buckled wheel rims besides replacing or repairing damaged tyres.

Louch said that in his experience, all potholes pose a danger to vehicles. “It doesn’t mean that suburban roads are better.”

Asked if he had any incidents of pothole-damaged vehicles to report, Krishan Singh of Mr Ex-haust Mr Tyre said: “Plenty, plenty, plenty.”

An average of two or three customers come to his workshop every day after suffering pothole damage.

“It’s getting worse compared to a year ago,” he said.

At the last full council meeting of Msunduzi Municipality a fortnight ago, intervention team member Ben Dorfling admitted there were problems with city road projects and that the council will have to come up with a practical solution in January once its year-end recess comes to a close.

Automobile Association spokesperson Gary Ronald said in a statement yesterday that many of the country’s roads are in danger of becoming irreparable.

“Vast portions of South Africa’s road network are in danger of becoming so badly damaged that they will no longer be able to be repaired, and the government will be forced to reconstruct them.”

He said R100 billion is needed to eradicate maintenance backlogs on national roads.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.