Rules of the road ignored

2017-02-07 06:02
A taxi stops on Old Main Road to drop off passengers. Photo: supplied

A taxi stops on Old Main Road to drop off passengers. Photo: supplied

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HILLCREST resident Stuart Kellaway­ is up in arms about the blatant lawlessness of motorists­ in the area.

According to Kellayway, Hillcrest has a taxi rank behind Pick n Pay Centre that allows parking and safety for passengers boarding and alighting taxis.

He claims taxi operators park blocking half of Old Main Road, the busiest in the area, by stopping and dropping off or loading customers causing chaos and danger to the public.

“I recently watched a police van cruising past at a time when three taxis were blocking the road not even bothering to stop and take action.
“It is a given that lawlessness perpetuated due to our police force not enforcing the laws of the road leads to more disregard for the law.”

Ward 10 councillor Rick Crouch has been fighting against the stopping of taxis outside Pick n Pay on Old Main Road since 2011.

“Metro Police told me back then that they could not ticket violators as there was no signage prohibiting the stopping of vehicles at that location.
“Because Old Main Road is a provincial road and not a city road the request had to be made to the KZN Department of Transport.

“It took 18 months to get the department to install the ‘no stopping’ signage you see there now.
“Metro Police then told me that just the signage was not enough, there also needed to be a red line painted on the road.
“I once again contacted the department and nine months later they painted the red line you see there now.”
Crouch said that Metro Police have been ticketing there and they have shown him hundreds of tickets issued to taxis for stopping at that location, however, they cannot have officers stationed there all day.

He said that if the community sees a Metro van just driving past and not fining taxis for stopping in the middle of the road, then residents need to take down the NDM number of the van and report it to the station commander.

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