Still wrongfully speed-humped

2015-08-12 06:00

JUST over four months ago the Greytown Gazette’s lead story was headlined “Wrongfully lumped and bumped, now speed-humpedand#034;.

This referred to the so-called traffic calming speed humps erected by Umvoti Municipality in Erskine and McCullum streets.

These humpity bumps were put in with almost indecent haste­ which could explain why they broke just about every rule in various South African traffic Acts.

For instance, the municipality, prior to the installation, should have carried out research into the volume of traffic, the rate of accidents should have been checked, residents questioned whether they support such a feature, and the Ward committee should have been consulted.

In addition such features should not to be placed in the shade of trees as this affects visibility – the Erskine Street hump is directly alongside a shady tree - height and width specified in the traffic Acts (not done).

These Acts are very specific about the erection of warning signage. Four months later there is still just one sign in Erskine­ Street. That is fine if you are travelling towards McCullum­ Street, but for motorists who do not know the area it comes as a bit of a shock to find another hump just round the corner from Erskine in McCullum.

The same applies in reverse for motorists travelling up McCullum Street into Erskine - just one sign - but turn the corner and there is yet another unexpected speed hump.

It did not take long for motorists to create an alternate and#034;roadand#039; - alongside the humps and across the verge in Erskine Street.

No one as yet seems to have worked out why these traffic-calming features were placed there and in such a hurry, and that very few of the legal requirements were met.

Four months on and no action has been taken to sort out the problems outlined above.

The Greytown Gazette has been approached by a number of motorists who have queried why such a feature was not placed in the road leading from the country club to Erskine and McCullum as the stop street there is constantly ignored even by drivers transporting children, and there have been some scary close shaves

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