‘Illegal’ truck-stop a concern

2017-11-01 06:01
PHOTO: rose smithA convoy of trucks enter New England Road.

PHOTO: rose smithA convoy of trucks enter New England Road.

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RESIDENTS have raised concerns about trucks that park on New England­ Road and Hesketh Drive at night and only leave in the morning.

Residents say that the “illegal” parking of trucks on these roads has been going on for years and issue has not been addressed by the powers that be.

They say trucks usually come around 10pm and park for the night.

The trucks in question are long-distance haulers whose drivers park on the road to sleep.

Maritzburg Fever spoke to residents who say trucks often park in their suburb overnight.

Hayfields resident Rose Smith drives past New England Road often and told Maritzburg Fever the trucks that park on the road overnight are a danger because they don’t leave lights on or put a red emergency triangle on the road.

“Although the situation has improved because of a new traffic operation, trucks still park on the road before 10pm.

“However, traffic officers usually come at 10pm or after and ask drivers to leave.

“This also brings a bad element to the neighbourhood as there are now loiterers who beg from the truck drivers at night,” said Smith.

Ward 37 councillor Sandy Lyne shared the concerns of the residents. She said the trucks that park “illegally” in the no-stop zone are a danger to all road users.

However, she acknowledged the after-hours enforcement by the traffic officers.

“I am looking forward to when the 24-hour shift will be implemented, which will act as more of a deterrent to the illegal stopping.

“The long delays in implementing this 24-hour shift is another example of poor decision-making within the municipality when allocating resources,” she said.

Thobeka Mafumbatha, Msunduzi spokesperson said Msunduzi Traffic Police have begun a new operation to ensure that no trucks or heavy duty vehicles park in the no-parking area on the road.

Mafumbatha said the operation has been ongoing for a month.

“After residents complained about the trucks, our traffic department started the operation.

“Already 606 fines have been issued to truck drivers who park illegally.

“The municipality condemns parking on the road as it poses a danger to road users and anyone found doing so, anywhere within Msunduzi Municipality, will be fined,” said Mafumbatha.

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