‘Trucks chaos ignored’

2016-09-13 08:54
A truck parked on the side of New England Road. Trucks parking on the side of the road are fast becoming a major problem on the road.

A truck parked on the side of New England Road. Trucks parking on the side of the road are fast becoming a major problem on the road. (File)

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Frustrated residents and motorists near the Hayfields Truck Stop have resorted to calling the police to report truck drivers who “blatantly ignore” rules of the road.

Motorists and residents said they are “absolutely fed up” with trucks illegally stopping outside the 24-hour Spar in Hayfields.

They said the large trucks create “traffic chaos”, with some motorists claiming they have waited almost 45 minutes to pass through.

Now, after numerous failed attempts with the municipality and traffic department, residents and motorists said they have been turning to the police for help.

“We know the municipality tried many things to clear the trucks, but the drivers are a law unto themselves. They have broken new concrete blocks and continue to climb and damage the kerbs,” said one resident.

Msunduzi Municipality placed high concrete blocks alongside New England Road; however, residents and motorists said truck drivers now stop in the traffic lane.

“They just switch their trucks off and go into the Spar to buy whatever. As far as fining these truckers goes, we have witnessed that on the odd occasion, but it is clearly not working and more drastic action needs to be taken,” said another resident who asked not to be named.

She said motorists were backed up along New England Road last week and continuously flicked their lights at the truckers to alert them to move.

However, the trucks remained.

A motorist said there had been traffic police officers parked on both off-ramps, but neither had stopped to assist the fuming motorists with the trucks.

“But the cherry on top was the traffic police vehicle that drove past all of us jammed in and also did absolutely nothing about the situation.”

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