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Respect the heavies

05 May 2016, 07:10  - Joyce.Jagaroo

I DO not agree with Lou Corbitt (The Witness, May 2) that there are too many heavy vehicles operating on our major routes.

Without heavy vehicles there would not be a single car on the road as filling stations would run dry. All aspects of the economy would come to a standstill. Stop seeing heavies as a threat. They should receive the respect, appreciation and praise they deserve. The vast majority of those professional lorry operators are excellent drivers who are let down by poor vehicle maintenance. And worse, they are not appreciated by the uninformed and insecure motorists.

I have always maintained that there should be two lanes for heavies down Town Hill, and motor cars should be able to use all lanes, but with a maximum speed of 80 km/h. It should be one’s choice which lane to use and often it is much safer to drive in the slower lanes behind the heavies.

Introduce stricter rules for vehicle maintenance. But here lies the main problem: who is going to enforce the law?

JACQUES POIRIER

Pietermaritzburg

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