Durbanites are urging the public to sign a petition to remove trucks from residential roads. The petition which is currently making it rounds on social media has the support of several ward councillors in the city.
According to IOL, ward councillors from Clairwood, Umbilo, Rossburgh, Lower Seaview, Montclair, Seaview, Bellair, Bluff, Wentworth, Grosvenor, Fynnland, Ocean View, Treasure Beach, Brighton Beach, Austerville, Merebank and Merewent have joined forces to call on the government to intervene in what they call “a hazardous situation”.
Councillor JP Prinsloo from the Bluff told IOL that residents had, for years, been subjected to a steady influx of trucks entering residential areas illegally to access the harbour and avoid long queues and congestion along dedicated access routes. He said the harbour was unable to handle the amount of import- and export-related activity and the situation is largely due to government’s failure to plan and invest in the expansion of the harbour and its supporting infrastructure designed to deal with the high volumes of traffic.
He added the metro police office assigned to deal with trucks in Clairwood was under-resourced and that the city did not have the capacity to handle heavy vehicles because there was no contract in place to tow vehicles which broke the law and put citizens’ lives at risk.
Metro police spokesperson Parboo Sewpersad confirmed there was no tow truck contract in place for the city, but said during emergency situations there was a process they followed.
“There is ongoing enforcement that is being conducted in residential areas by the metro police department,” he told IOL.