Anthony Benadie MPL
Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga
The Mpumalanga traffic department needs to act against heavy vehicle drivers who put the lives of people at risk by using unsafe alternative routes to dodge weighbridges and toll gates along the N4.
In the early hours of this morning a vehicle carrying tons of steel rods ploughed into a house rented by students of the local FET college in Emgwenya (Waterval Boven). Thankfully, no was injured and the student whose room the truck crashed into was not home at the time.
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Overloaded goods vehicles travelling along the N4 dodge the weighbridges at Machadodorp and Farrefontein as well as the Machado toll plaza by using a part tar, part dirt detour between Machadodorp and Emgwenya via Slaaihoek.
According to reports, the extreme descents coupled with dust that collects on vehicles’ and trailers’ brake drums renders them inoperable, causing these vehicles to career out of control.
This is the third incident of this kind in the past few weeks, and the DA is concerned that with the fast approaching festive season, peoples’ lives are at increased risk.
We will write a letter to community safety MEC Vusi Shongwe, urging him to deploy traffic officers to the R541 where it intersects with the Slaaihoek/Nkomazi Mine road near Machadodorp, as well as where the Slaaihoek Road enters Emgwenya.
We believe that his will not only deter heavy goods vehicles from using unsafe routes, but also compel drivers and goods vehicle owners to respect the rule of law.
Too many people die on Mpumalanga’s roads every year, and motorists and the public must be protected against unscrupulous and unlawful actions.