Illegal stopping starts again on main road

2016-11-24 06:02
PHOTO: candyce krishna A taxi makes an illegal stop to pick up hitchhikers on the R102 on Wednesday morning.

PHOTO: candyce krishna A taxi makes an illegal stop to pick up hitchhikers on the R102 on Wednesday morning.

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A FEW months ago, traffic cones were placed near the main traffic lights at the entrance of Port Shepstone CBD.

These cones were placed along the on the R102 just before the Umtentweni bridge in order to prevent the public from using the area as a taxi stop and to also stop taxis and motorists from pulling over to pick up hitchhikers.

This has been an on-going problem for many years as people wait along this busy road for transport to areas north of Port Shepstone or to Durban.

The plan worked and for a few months, the road was free of hitchhikers and vehicles pulling over illegally.

However, these cones were recently removed, resulting in people using the piece of road as a taxi stop once again.

Simon April, spokesperson for Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, said the municipality had placed the cones in that area to prevent vehicles from pulling over

“This was done to stop motorists from picking up persons in that area as we realised the level of danger associated with such,” said April.

He said the municipality then noticed that motorists and hitchhikers had complied.

“We then focused our approach on other transgressions, but again, we have realised the reoccurrence of illegal stopping and picking up passengers at the same place,” said April.

He added that the traffic law enforcement section has since been detailed again to police the area to prevent the same occurrence.


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