M19 street traders warned

2018-01-30 06:00
PHOTO: Kalisha NaickerCaptain L Smith and Captain C Parusnath will be clamping down on illegal street vendors.

PHOTO: Kalisha NaickerCaptain L Smith and Captain C Parusnath will be clamping down on illegal street vendors.

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THE M19 from Pinetown to Hillcrest is becoming a “one-stop-shopping” destination as more street traders are setting up illegal makeshift stalls in the emergency lane selling anything from fruit to confectionary.

Traders are there from early in peak hour traffic, to late in the afternoon, risking the lives of motorists and themselves.

Concerned motorist are appealing to the authorities to fine or imprison them as they could be the cause of accidents, or prevent emergency vehicles from getting through in life and death situations.

A motorist who commented anonymously said he was on the M13 to Hillcrest when the car in front of him pulled over to buy bananas from a roadside stall without any indication.

“Luckily I saw the driver swerve so I slowed down. I was so angry as I watched him in my rear-view mirror get out the car to buy bananas.

“This is very inconsiderate as he had not even pulled over properly as the back of his vehicle­ protruded on the busy road.

“This needs to be stopped immediately as it can be the cause of a fatal accident.”

When Fever contacted the Hillcrest SAPS to find out why there are so many illegally trading in the emergency lane on the M19, Captain­ Linzi Smith SAPS communications officer said they are working on an operation to clamp down on the traders­.

“We are fining the traders who operate illegally.

There are proper permits for people to trade, and there are specific areas they can trade from.

“According to the eThekwini Municipality by-laws, no street trader shall conduct their business­ on any public road or public place or create a traffic hazard.”

Smith said that SAPS are calling on residents to report illegal street vending, giving the exact location where the vending is being conducted.

Illegal vendors can be reported to 031 765 9137.

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