Fields Hill: DA takes fight for ban to KZN parliament

Radley Keys, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on Transport

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal today took the fight for a complete ban on all heavy vehicles on Field’s Hill to the provincial legislature.

Fields Hill has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with ensuring the safety of motorists.  As head of transport in this province the MEC has a duty to act without any further delay and impose a ban.

The MEC’s executive statement earlier today ignores this.

Rather than taking desperately needed observable action and introducing an immediate ban, he has focussed on words.

In spite of numerous calls, the MEC has failed to ban heavy vehicles from Fields Hill on the basis that he is looking into the social and economic impact of such a move.

As far back as 2005, the DA first raised concern over Fields Hill within the provincial legislature.  The same was done at council level.  Our unease over this stretch of road was met with disdain by the MEC and his colleagues.

It has been almost two weeks since the horror accident which claimed 23 lives took place.  Yet the MEC has still not acted to prevent further disasters of this nature.

The KwaZulu-Natal public have every right to be outraged.  They deserve reassurance that the MEC is taking this issue seriously and they need to know that their safety on Fields Hill is his top priority.