Truck hazard likely to vex Hayfields for months more

2013-04-30 00:00

HAYFIELDS residents who run the gauntlet of trucks illegally parked on either side of New England Road at night will have to put up with the nuisance for another two months.

For residents living near the 24-hour shop where the trucks stop, this means they will have to suffer the cacophony of noisy engines, power brakes and loud hooting.

The racket goes on from about 8 pm to the early hours of the morning.

Peter Green, chairperson of the Scottsville Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association, raised the matter at a recent public meeting held by the municipality.

Council speaker Babu Baijoo said the municipality was aware of the problem but did not have the means to deal with it at present.

He said the problem would be tackled once an additional 30 traffic officers were employed by June or July.

Green said there was a desperate need for the city to have a legal truck stop, but that there was insufficient space in the New England Road area.

A former city councillor, Green said the by-laws state that trucks are not supposed to enter a residential area after 6 pm.

Residents who live in the area said they could only hope that nothing disastrous happened within the next two months. A resident who did not want to be named said he was surprised there had been no accidents.

“Sometimes there are up to four trucks each on either side of the road. They park on the yellow lines, blocking the road. This causes motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to have near-accidents.”

Besides the traffic hazard, he added, the trucks also parked on the pavements. He had noticed that the pavements, manhole covers and concrete pillars in the vicinity had been damaged.

“These have to be replaced at the expense of the Pietermaritzburg ratepayers,” the resident said.


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