In a process to upspeed service delivery in the Despatch and Uitenhage regions, three local depots of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s sub-directorate of roads and stormwater, have been equipped with five brand new 4-ton trucks.According to the Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip, these new vehicles are an integral part of the municipality’s offer to provide better services.“This is part of growing the economy, to improve the road infrastructure. The vehicles will be used to fill potholes, to do concreting of roads, building speed humps, cleaning of stormwater draining and deliver better service in Uitenhage and Despatch,” said Mayor Trollip.According to Mthubanzi Mniki, communications officer of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the operations at the three depots (Despatch, Uitenhage & Addo) were previously negatively affected owing to a shortage of vehicles for various reasons such as the age of vehicles or vehicles being burned down during protests.“The shortage of vehicles resulted in a slower turn-around time to attend to complaints logged by the residents via the call centre. With the new vehicles being handed over to the respective depots, increased turn-around time is expected for these depots.” All these trucks were equipped with crew cabs to ensure safe transporting of employees as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The total cost to procure and fit all the necessary attachments such as trackersand fuel tags were about R2 500 000. According to Mniki, the three depots which benefitted from the new trucks are the Addo depot (1 truck for drain cleaning, 1 for concrete work); Cuyler depot (1 for concrete work) and Despatch depot (1 for drain cleaning, 1 for road repairs).Executive Mayor Trollip last Thursday officially handed the keys of the trucks to the designated drivers during a ceremony held at the opening of Magennis Road in Uitenhage.