By Rafeek Shah, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Transport:
THE DA in KZN calls for increased spot checks on heavy vehicles, by provincial traffic and police authorities, to ensure that they are carrying the mandatory triangular warning signs for display in the case of a breakdown.
This follows a horrific accident at the weekend on the M4 near Sibaya which saw two young men lose their lives after they ploughed into the back of a stationery truck.
The DA expresses its deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased at this time of huge loss and bereavement.
The loss of these two young people could have been avoided if only the truck driver and trucking company involved had obeyed the basic rules which require them to display warning signs.
That this vehicle failed to do so for hours on end displays a complete lack of law enforcement.
The incident also raises serious concerns around training of heavy duty vehicle drivers as well as the responsibility of freight companies in ensuring that their vehicles are equipped with the necessary warning signs.
The DA is committed to placing pressure on KZN traffic and police authorities to ensure that this simple yet lifesaving measure is adhered to.
Those who fail to adhere to this basic rule must face swift and harsh punishment.