City plans clampdown on illegal motor workshops

2015-08-07 09:53
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OIL spilling onto the road making for ­hazardous driving conditions, toxic fumes from spraypaint in residential areas and rat-infested old cars, will be part of a clampdown on illegal mechanics in ­Pietermaritzburg.

An in-depth inspection on all motor workshops will be done in the city centre to ensure they are operating within the city‘s by-laws.

During yesterday’s executive ­committee meeting at the city hall, it was revealed that Boom Street has the most illegal workshops.

Town planning inspectors conducted an inspection in Boom Street, Greyling Street and Victoria Road in May this year.

During the investigation it was also found that some of the workshops ­operating at residential premises were doing spray painting that “increased the hazard”.

“Some of the motor vehicles in these workshops have been left unattended for years and they can result in an influx of rodents which may negatively affect the surroundings,” read the report by ­Msunduzi’s development services.

It was also found that some of the workshops are being operated on the pavements, spilling oil onto pavements and even the road.

“Some of the contravenors continue with the illegal activities even when there is a court order in place,” added the report.

It was suggested to the executive ­committee that the growth of these ­activities required “drastic intervention”.

Not all of the workshops could be identified as some are conducted in back yards and are “hard to identify”, it said

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