Power cuts: Help promised at robots

2008-04-08 00:00

Lollipop men have been called in to assist at traffic lights during load shedding, while traffic officers are now working longer hours in an effort to reduce congestion at dead robots.

Acting traffic chief Kenneth Chetty yesterday appealed to motorists to be patient in gridlocked intersections.

Chetty said the municipality is doing all it can to alleviate congestion and to staff the busiest intersections where possible.

“Traffic officers who leave work at 3.30 pm are being kept on until 6.30 pm to help with rush hour.”

He said that only 20 officers are on duty at any given time and that it would be impossible to staff each robot. But reservist officers, who are used for school crossings, have been called in.

Chetty appealed to motorists to be careful at dead robots and to make sure intersections are clear before proceeding.

He appealed to motorists to plan their routes and commuting times around areas that are being load shed.

“These outages are beyond our control so we have to get used to them.”

He appealed for people to be courteous and reminded the public that dead robots should be treated as four-way stops, on a first come first served basis.

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