So much have been said, good and bad, about trucks in town and it seems that our traffic officers are really trying to keep them at bay, but residents are becoming fed up.
On Thursday morning, 24 March, a large truck, in fact an abnormal load vehicle carrying a load, was seen manoeuvring and eventually parking on the pavement at the corner of Kotze and Kruger Streets, next to the church. The driver got out and walked into town at leisure. By Tuesday, 29 March, the abnormal load truck was still parked in exactly the same spot. When traffic officers were informed after 14:00, however, they immediately reacted and the truck “disappeared”.
A mere two days later, on 31 March, a huge truck was found parked almost on the opposite corner of the same two streets (diagonally from the corner mentioned above) facing the wrong way in Kotze Street, at the traffic light. Surely such conduct poses danger to traffic turning from Kruger – into Kotze Street? How dangerous would it be when the said truck resumed its journey and pulled away into the lane of oncoming traffic? Mr ZAF Yacoob acted fast and the driver of the truck did not get away with this offence.
The driver of another truck parked on the other side of Kotze Street, where a sign prohibits same, was fined at the same time. Thank you, ZAF. Often trucks parked on both sides of entrances or driveways, especially in a busy street like Kotze Street, make it virtually impossible for motorists to enter the road safely as oncoming traffic can simply not be seen because the trucks are in the way. This is even more dangerous in cases where a motorist can only reverse into the road due to confined space in the driveway.
Motorists attending to business can also not find parking when these giants are parked in such prohibited areas. Many a truck driver has been fined in spots like these and the traffic officials are thanked sincerely. They can, however not be on duty at all the relevant spots all the time. A more permanent solution will have to be found.