ETHEKWINI Metro Police have intensified their law enforcement operation and recently conducted a citywide illegal trucking enforcement operation which led to the removal of more than 30 trucks off the City’s roads.
Metro Police Director Steve Edwards said different teams had been stationed in different parts of the City, in order to target all the hotspots where illegal trucking activities were prevalent. “We had teams stationed in areas such as Springfield Park, Isiphingo, Verulam, Phoenix, uThongathi, the Southern Freeway, Sydney Road, Bayhead Road, Clairwood and Maydon Wharf Road,” he said.
Edwards said the operations were very successful. “In addition to the 30 trucks we suspended off the road, we apprehended three unlicenced drivers, two drivers without a Public Drivers Permit (PDP), and two drivers who failed to produced their driver’s licences on scene,” he said. The operations also revealed that many trucks being driven in the City did not pass road safety standards. Edwards said this was worrying as it endangered the lives of other motorists. “About 32 trucks had worn out tyres, 15 had no fi re extinguishers, nine had no mud flaps, six had defective break lights and three had defective indicators,” he said.
Other issues noted during the enforcement operation were defective hooters, no operating headlights, and cracked windscreens. Deputy Head for Operations Steve Middleton said these operations were part of the City’s vigorous law enforcement strategy to bring all by-law transgressors to book. “It is shocking to find that there are still motorists making use of our roads without the proper documentation. This puts the lives of all our residents and visitors at risk. It is up to us to enforce all laws and to keep unlawful drivers, and unscrupulous trucking companies off our roads.”firstname.lastname@example.org