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Rush-hour truck restrictions on way for SA

2015-04-15 15:45

Cape Town - In a move to curb South Africa's appalling road death toll, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters is proposing restrictions for goods vehicles on public roads.

According to the department, the restrictions will affect commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) exceeding 9 000kg.

The intended regulations will be published for public comment and discussion later in 2015.

REDUCE ROAD DEATHS

According to Peters: "This intention is in response to the increase in the number of road carnage that involves goods vehicles on the South African roads."

The new regulations state: "No person shall operate on the public road a goods vehicle the gross vehicle mass of which exceeds 9 000kg from 17:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday [except public holidays] and from 06:00 to 09:00 Monday to Friday [except public holidays)."

Essentially vehicles with a GVM of more than 9 000kg can only operate on public roads from 09:00 to 16:00 and 20:0 to 06:0 during week days. There are, however, provisions for emergency service vehicles.

The department adds: "This provision shall not apply in case of emergencies, to the driver of a fire-fighting vehicle, a fire-fighting response vehicle, an emergency medical response vehicle, a rescue vehicle or an ambulance, who drives such vehicle in the performance of his or her duties, a traffic officer or a person appointed in terms of the South African Police Service Act, 1995 (Act No 68 of 1995), who drives a vehicle in the carrying out of his or her duties or any person driving a vehicle while responding to a disaster as contemplated in the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No 57 of 2002)."

TO BE IMPLEMENTED END OF 2015?

Transport department spokesperson, Ishmael Mnisi, states that the regulations are in "draft form" and will have to be presented to his party's cabinet, discussed in Parliament and will incorporate public input. He states that the department hopes to implement the proposed regulations by the end of 2015.

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HOW WILL IT AFFECT THE FREIGHT INDUSTRY?

The proposed regulations could have a drastic affect on SA's freight industry. How will commercial freight operators cope? What about companies that rely heavily on freight deliveries?

To answer these questions and more, Wheels24 spoke to the SA Road And Freight Association's (RFA) technical and operations manager, Gavin Kelly.

Kelly said: "The proposed regulations are very worrying - and underline the misconception that freight vehicles are primary cause for incidents on the road.

"In the recent tragic crash involving minister of Collins Chabane and a goods vehicle - it is conveniently forgotten that the vehicle in which the minister was travelling appeared to have been travelling at more than 200km/h. However, the truck involved is seen as the cause of the crash.

"Why has the minister decided to restrict freight movement between the proposed times and on the proposed days? It is important that the minister provides the detail or information that supports such a proposal - and we await such.

"Has the minister researched the effect on traffic flow and the increase in safety over these hours [this surely is the foundation for her proposal]."

ECONOMY AT RISK

Kelly said: "Has the minister determined the effect on freight movement, scheduling, delays and the resultant increase in freight movements between the proposed times of restricted movement? If so - could she please attach this to the proposed regulation changes she is planning to make?

"Has the minister calculated the effect this would have on the economy [and if so - we look forward to seeing this attached to the proposed regulations].

'ILL-CONCEIVED PROPOSAL'

"It is interesting that the proposed restrictions exclude public holidays and weekends - is this because there are less light vehicles on the road and therefore the risk is less? Generally over these periods freight has reduced deliveries as many businesses would be closed. Freight cost would also increase over public holidays and weekends. Has the minister calculated this into her proposal?

"The proposed legislation is ill-conceived and not clearly thought through and will damage logistics, raising costs and will cause severe bottlenecks in the logistics chain."

ARRIVE ALIVE RESPONDS

Arrive Alive's Johan Jonck said: "We will have to wait for the draft regulations to be published. We understand the reasoning behind this. It cannot be denied is that trucks often do contribute towards chaos on roads during peak traffic hours.

"It would also be important to consider the effect on traffic on our freeways [long distance open roads] when trucks usually travelling during the times proposed. It could add significant volumes of trucks for roads users to share the roads with outside of peak driving hours on our national road.

"It will be even more important for drivers to be alert to the risks when sharing the roads with heavy vehicles and we will need to create further awareness on aspects such as safe overtaking, the risks of blind spot driving, the need for patience etc.

"There will need to be much more consideration between the different modes of transport as more trucks are going to share roads outside of the 'prohibited' times. A long-term solution is that we need to make more use of rail for our transport and freight needs."

MORE FROM PETERS

Earlier in April, Wheels24 reported that the department of transport proposed that metro officers be given the authority to perform random "driver's license retesting". Justice Project South Africa described this as "horrifying".

Video: Reaction to government's 'random driver testing' plan

What do you think of Transport Minister Dipuo Peters' proposal? Will we see a reduction in road deaths? Email us  and we'll publish your thoughts.

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Comments
  • GS Olwage - 2015-04-15 15:49

    Halleluha

      Paul Lessing - 2015-04-15 16:09

      This is 20 years overdue. The ANc all but destroyed the Rail network in South Africa, which used to be one of the most comprehensive and successful on the continent.

      Janine Roberts Owen - 2015-04-15 19:20

      yay.about time. most arnt roadwothy anyway. but,hey,its SA. why get it roadworthy. wastes money.

      Mark the Spark - 2015-04-16 07:32

      @Paul The rail network was already broken by the time the ANC arrived. Blame the NATS for that one.

      Trevor Izatt - 2015-04-16 09:25

      Tell the idiot to remove taxi's that are 90% un -roadworthy

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2015-04-16 10:11

      Is there no end to this ministers stupidity? The reason for the carnage on our roads is a result of having a minister who has no idea how to do her job so she keeps coming up with ideas that won't address the problem. And she has zero research to back up any of her suggestions. Peak hour traffic patterns only really apply to the metro areas so it makes no sense to ban trucks driving on the national routes outside of the cities during peak hours. Also I don't believe that heavy trucks driving during peak hours are the main cause of death on our roads. If you see how minibus taxis and busses drive they are much more of a problem. Yes trucks can be an inconvenience to us but they are a necessity especially since there is little alternatives thanks to the destruction of the railway system.

      Albert Stemmett - 2015-04-17 10:54

      The problem with this government is that they are too full of unworkable ideas. Perhaps they "think too much" and find the easy swivel desk chair too comfortable. Lets face it. ---- We didn't have this problem 50 years ago. WHY? We had working infrastructure. The roads are primarily messed up and potholed because of these heavy 8 to 16 wheelers that drive like a bat out of hell to get to their destination in the shortest possible time. They should:- 1) compulsory installation on all Public vehicles (including minicabs) of a propshaft governor that PREVENTS them doing more than 80Kph. 2) regular enforced checks like road blocks and 6 months inspections to ensure these devices are not tampered with. 3)Channel the billions wasted on smart cars & freebees for MP's to rebuilding the rail infrastructure destroyed by the ANC through lack of maintenance. a) use the funds to add an additional rail to the existing system to make rolling stock for goods available on 4'8 line instead of just the 3'6. This will enable goods to travel by rail a cheaper and faster option. I recently traveled in the German ICE between Baden Baden and Mannheim clocking 302 Kph. This will beat any delivery truck on the N1 and save fuel and driver fatigue --- not to talk of license and tyre wear cost --- let alone road surface damage. Remember, road surfaces were not designed for 50 ton trucks doing 120kph. It's time we stopped removing the spiderwebs. We need to get rid of the spider making them.

      Joe Casquilho - 2015-04-17 13:47

      Today travelling between Klerksdorp and Carletonvelle I counted 117 trucks, coming back I counted 221 trucks (All 5ton plus), this totals 338 truckes in 2hrs driving, ridiculous.

      Phillip Havenga - 2015-04-24 15:33

      About time,of course it would also help if the trucks that are allowed on the road are roadworthy and driven by competent drivers as I spend a lot of time on the road and many of the truck drivers I come across are arrogant and reckless idiots.

      Jan Nortje - 2015-05-15 08:40

      I like the idea, but would rather see trucks gone from the road between 16:00 to 19:00, and only in cities, outside cities on national highways it should not be restricted, there should also be huge truck stops just outside cities on the main arteries to give these guys somewhere to pull over. If trucks are off the highways traffic would flow much more evenly, and the cost saved in petrol for all is well worth it. Standing still or moving very slow on highways take a hell of a lot of petrol, and is mostly caused by trucks struggling to get up hills and such. All this and not to mention all the time that will be saved. Think about the combined effect, and not about the logistics companies. They are logistics after all, so be logistic and plan around these times.

  • Jack Rabid - 2015-04-15 15:49

    Didn't they try do this a number of years ago?

      Zelda Botha - 2015-04-15 16:07

      Yes and it did not work.

      Wullie Mack - 2015-04-15 20:37

      Was tried over seas and pushed prices up by almost 22% ,it was soon dropped ,what we need is to take taxi's off the road at peek times,,

      Janine Roberts Owen - 2015-04-15 21:29

      no.they didnt.they spoke a lot about it but the truckers bleeted about it costing them money. what about us when a truck looses its load,crashes or breaks down in peak hour traffic .i costs 100`s of motorists more bucks. KEEP THEM OF THE ROAD IN PEAK HOURS.

      Janine Roberts Owen - 2015-04-15 21:34

      Wullie Mack.they do it in the UK.and no. it didnt push any price up.

      Norbert Skosana - 2015-04-16 07:00

      Wullie they do it in Russia and it works beautifully. And no prices pushed up, just much more efficiency on the roads.

  • Chantelle Crocker Monaghan - 2015-04-15 15:51

    about time!!

  • Noel Smit - 2015-04-15 15:55

    Upgrade the railways and remove the trucks from our roads

      Fair Play - 2015-04-15 16:00

      Removing trucks should be easy as the cadre who initially let the railways crumble is calling it a day in government.

      Neville Vizagie - 2015-04-15 16:56

      And how will the railway deliver the foodstuff to the store from the warehouse? By horse and cart? How will the produce get from the farm to the market, let me take a guess - they will build railway lines from every farm. Clearly the comments made are by people that has no clue about logistics.

      Tsedi Matekane - 2015-04-15 18:07

      Noel Smit, Ii think you wanted to say trucks and taxies

  • Murray Graham - 2015-04-15 15:58

    Ask Maria Ramos to pay back the money she received for screwing up the railways!

  • Andrew Webb - 2015-04-15 16:01

    Ridiculous, flipping stupid idea, typical short-sighted ANC rhetoric. Get the pedestrians off the road rather.

      Stephen Michael - 2015-04-15 16:19

      Work for a logistics company perhaps?

  • Philippe Chirnside - 2015-04-15 16:01

    Ok so now companies are going to have to pay more overtime to drivers who have to avoid peak time travel yet still have to meet business hour deadline. A cost which will obviously be passed on to consumers. Why is government so reactive and always tackling the symptom as opposed to the cause. Effective policing, an honest non corrupt licensing system, perhaps speed regulators on trucks and harsh penalties for employers who do not manage the behaviour of drivers diligently. Always the easy way out for government with no regard for consumers/tax payers.

      Kari Pentikainen - 2015-04-15 20:32

      You only get paid overtime if you work more than +_ 45 yours a week.? How much overtime is being paid just to sit in traffic ? Poor productivity is not a worker problem. It is a management challenge.

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2015-04-16 10:15

      Also where will all the trucks park during those 8 hours per day that they are not allowed to drive, you'll have rows and rows of trucks blocking all the rest stops where they'll be sitting ducks for robbers who are after their expensive freight.

  • Justin Kruger - 2015-04-15 16:04

    A late wake up call but hopefully it gets through to the pathetic Parliament and approves this.

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2015-04-16 10:22

      So Justin, explain this to us, why should a truck driving through the Karoo have to pull over and stop between 6:00 and 9:00 in the morning! Have you ever seen a peak hour at this time between Beaufort West and Three Sisters? This stupid excuse of a minister wants to totally ban heavy trucks at these times on all roads, not just in the Metro areas. Do you still think it's a good idea?

  • Roy Saunt - 2015-04-15 16:06

    Maybe a good thing, but not sure it has been thought through. What must trucks do who are on the roads prior to the cut off times?

      Deon Fourie - 2015-04-15 23:22

      They can have truck stops or rest areas build next to the road where these trucks are forced to stop. No need to be fancy with shops etc. An off ramp, well allocated parking bays and a restroom. Europe have them all over. Get some tips from Germany who are very strict and where you will find very disciplined trucks passing through.

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2015-04-16 10:28

      @ Deon, what about security for the trucks while they are parked for these hours? Who will pay for this? And then after 9:00 in the morning or 20:00 in the evening you will have all the trucks hitting the road at the same time which will cause more problems and accidents than ever before. There could be a case for banning heavy trucks from certain metro areas during peak times but the idiotic minister is proposing a total ban on all public roads.

  • Zelda Botha - 2015-04-15 16:06

    They need to educate the incompetent car drivers as to how trucks work. A truck can't stop as fast as a car and I have seen idiots driving in front of a truck with a 30 000 kg load and expect it to stop. I have been in those trucks and that load pushes you. Stop blaming the trucks and truck drivers start educating drivers. You cannot for heavens sake get in front of a truck at a stop sign you are asking for an accident. You cannot just drive in front of a truck on the highway in peak traffic where you need to go slow and he is following his distance and expect him to stop and not ram into you. You are all idiots thinking it is the trucks faults. SMH

      Deon Fourie - 2015-04-15 23:24

      How old were those trucks?

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2015-04-16 10:33

      @ Deon, most trucks over 9 tons are actually in good condition and the drivers are also mostly competent. A 9 ton rig fully loaded with freight can be worth millions so most companies do make sure that the rigs are roadworthy with decent drivers. Problem trucks are usually the mid sized ones that are often in bad condition and driven by incompetent drivers who bought their license.

  • Eric Burden - 2015-04-15 16:10

    hahaha what a stupid idea. Please don't complain when transportation costs go up and you cant afford your bread anymore. We are already struggling to get trucks offloaded and re-loaded. The moron suggesting taking trucks away, please think before you type.

      Rob Graf - 2015-04-15 16:56

      I agree totally, I receive trucks the whole day and i load them now that time has been reduced significantly, prepare for stock shortages...how about this stop stuffing around with road freight and fix the rail system, thus reducing the amount of long haul trucks on the road, nooo dont be silly mess with peoples jobs and businesses, oh and the people sitting in their offices doing the accounting jobs and pushing pens , remember who you pushing pens for, without these businesses you wouldnt have work, just saying

  • Danny Radulovic - 2015-04-15 16:10

    They forgot to add Putco busses. That's half the problem on jhb roads. The passengers would get to work faster by walking anyway

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2015-04-16 10:35

      Exactly, I've seen many Putco busses in very bad condition driven by maniacs who have no regard for the safety of their passengers or other motorists.

  • Zahir - 2015-04-15 16:12

    We really have an idiots in government first ban all taxis

  • John Howard - 2015-04-15 16:12

    These brainless twits have no idea and direction.

  • Rowan Maulson - 2015-04-15 16:13

    This is typical Dipuo being a retarded idiot. I can guarantee that this proposal is not backed by any concrete data at all.

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2015-04-16 10:38

      Just as stupid as the 0% alcohol limit and the random driving test suggestion. These are all suggestions that a 10 year old child would make but for a grown woman to come up with such crap is frightening. And Zuma appoints such an idiot as minister!

  • Shirley Solomon - 2015-04-15 16:13

    Good move at last.... Thank you.

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2015-04-16 10:39

      Shirley, just read the article again and think about it a little. If you still think it's a good move you are as stupid as the minister!

      Clint Alan Lahoud - 2015-04-16 15:38

      All very well to take trucks off the road in peak times But sit and think about it And after the peak hour ban you will have all the trucks coming onto road at same time causing another traffic hazzard throughout the day Costing is based on a working day and what you can do in the day now take 7 hours out of the day how do you make up the loss you must increase transport fees And no company can afford to take that loss So food petrol goods will not get to places in time so the cost will rise Construcion will be slowed down building materials prices will rise so houses will be more expensive to build Small companies will close causing more unemployement And the low paid and unemployed will not be able to afford the food Motorist force in front of trucks causing accidents and the truck gets blammed so think about all this and more before you get so happy for trucks to be banned

  • Akhenaten - 2015-04-15 16:14

    Railroads require maintenance and does not bring enough pocket money in like the levy on petrol. Roads go bad, so we introduce e-toll and make the public pay for our mistakes. We parasites are now pocketing more VAT, levies, licence fees etc. We are not here to deliver a service but mainly to steal your money.

  • Andrew Grieveson - 2015-04-15 16:20

    SORT OUT TRANSNET . THE JHB -DBN RAIL LINK NEEDS TO PRIVATELY MANAGED !

  • Gillian Skinner - 2015-04-15 16:22

    "and underline the misconception that freight vehicles are primary cause for incidents on the road." Mr Kelly, why don't you travel along Bayhead Rd in Durban and see how some of the truck drivers drive, they pull out into the lane with no regard for other vehicles...also try travelling on the N2 towards Umkomaas, there are only 2 lanes so if you are stuck behind a truck then you are screwed!!! I really hope this happens!!!

  • Richard Green - 2015-04-15 16:24

    Very Short sighted , if a truck has to deliver goods from Jhb to Durban , and leaves at say 3am , do they have to stop at 6am ? and where will all the trucks stop ? What happens if they are caught in a traffic jam ? Why not actually enforce the rules and laws of the road ? Keep Left ,, pass right ? Indicate if you are turning ? emergency lights ... only for emergency , not for if you have no clue where you going to turn or stop ? No pedestrians on the motor way ? yearly checks on all taxis and trucks ? and 2 yearly checks on cars would also help

      Akhenaten - 2015-04-15 16:38

      Traffic police have to be paid salaries which could have been pocketed. Those who are on duty are too scared to do their jobs because they get shot.

  • Njiva Vavavoom - 2015-04-15 16:24

    People will loose jobs that's it!!!!!

  • Willie Olivier - 2015-04-15 16:24

    Thank you minister! Finally someone with brains! Even better, take away all these heavy truck and force the big companies to put their freight on the trains!

      Stevo Zenith Sr Rayner - 2015-04-15 16:41

      jy is onnoooooslik willie olivier wonder hoe gaan jy petrol in jou kar kry

      Nu Vérité - 2015-04-15 17:10

      Jy weet nie waar van jy praat nie Willie. Hoe gaan Shoprite,Spar, Koelkamers,Woolworths en al die ander voedsel produkte winkels hulle bestellings ontvang.

      Wullie Mack - 2015-04-15 21:13

      And throw over 2 million people out of work,,

      Simon Mincher - 2015-04-16 06:29

      Your proberly a train driver willie. Catch a bloody wake up please.

      Clint Alan Lahoud - 2015-04-16 15:41

      All very well to take trucks off the road in peak times But sit and think about it And after the peak hour ban you will have all the trucks coming onto road at same time causing another traffic hazzard throughout the day Costing is based on a working day and what you can do in the day now take 7 hours out of the day how do you make up the loss you must increase transport fees And no company can afford to take that loss So food petrol goods will not get to places in time so the cost will rise Construcion will be slowed down building materials prices will rise so houses will be more expensive to build Small companies will close causing more unemployement And the low paid and unemployed will not be able to afford the food Motorist force in front of trucks causing accidents and the truck gets blammed so think about all this and more before you get so happy for trucks to be banned

  • Lynda Tyrer - 2015-04-15 16:24

    Just improve the rail system.

  • Manuel Dos Santos - 2015-04-15 16:27

    I canot belive how many of you think this is a good idea. Being in the transport business, this is probably the worst idea our transport minister has had yet, except of course the one of traffic cops giving you a drivers test when they feel like it. Do you realise what this will do to costs? I say enforce roadworthy checks better. There are plenty of vehicles on the roads that are notroadworthy. Heavyduty vehicles should have a roadworthy done every 6 months, taxis and busses as well. Normal cars should be checked every 2 years. This will force people to keep their vehicles in roadworthy condition. Next get rid of the corruption of traffic officers. I have personally seen how they stop trucks and taxis only to be given a bribe not to do their job. I hope the government realises how dumb an idea this is. Our minister has no knowledge of what goes on out there, and her advisers are obviously just as clueless.

      Andrew le Roux - 2015-04-15 16:57

      Agreed. Very stupid idea.

      Juan Potgieter - 2015-04-15 17:10

      Agree Manuel. Most consumers want their freight between 6-9 in the morning. Most manufactures/wholesalers want their freight collected between 3-6 in the afternoon. Roadworthy 10 year and older vehicles every year and if you own a car you have to have insurance.

      Wullie Mack - 2015-04-15 21:38

      Drivers licence ,,,Insurance cert,,, Yearly road worthy cert.or your vertical must be pounded ,you have 20 days to bring all the papers to the pound at R120 per day and R200 on the day you collect it or it gets crushed ,same as the UK,

  • Pieter Stemmet - 2015-04-15 16:29

    What impact will this have on the economy? But more importantly, are you saying that truck-drivers are the causes of accidents and should be taken of the roads? In South Africa that would be called discrimination... I believe drivers of all types of vehicles have part in road accidents. The best way to get round this problem is to make sure all vehicles are roadworthy and that the guy behind the wheel is able and qualified to be there.

  • Caiphus Ndlovu - 2015-04-15 16:29

    This means more accidents on our roads because trucks will have to race to make it before cut off time .

  • Daryl Jackson - 2015-04-15 16:38

    It will at least give the truck drivers the rest they require , instead of been pushed beyond limits

  • Pierre Loock - 2015-04-15 16:41

    This is long time overdue but we use to this government doing 2 things stealing and sleeping

      Clint Alan Lahoud - 2015-04-16 15:43

      All very well to take trucks off the road in peak times But sit and think about it And after the peak hour ban you will have all the trucks coming onto road at same time causing another traffic hazzard throughout the day Costing is based on a working day and what you can do in the day now take 7 hours out of the day how do you make up the loss you must increase transport fees And no company can afford to take that loss So food petrol goods will not get to places in time so the cost will rise Construcion will be slowed down building materials prices will rise so houses will be more expensive to build Small companies will close causing more unemployement And the low paid and unemployed will not be able to afford the food Motorist force in front of trucks causing accidents and the truck gets blammed so think about all this and more before you get so happy for trucks to be banned

  • Linda Coetzee Van Bruggen - 2015-04-15 16:43

    This will be an answer to my prayers! The trucks are a HUGE danger to smaller vehicles in peak hour traffic. The simply push you out of the way when they want to change lanes.

      Clint Alan Lahoud - 2015-04-16 15:43

      All very well to take trucks off the road in peak times But sit and think about it And after the peak hour ban you will have all the trucks coming onto road at same time causing another traffic hazzard throughout the day Costing is based on a working day and what you can do in the day now take 7 hours out of the day how do you make up the loss you must increase transport fees And no company can afford to take that loss So food petrol goods will not get to places in time so the cost will rise Construcion will be slowed down building materials prices will rise so houses will be more expensive to build Small companies will close causing more unemployement And the low paid and unemployed will not be able to afford the food Motorist force in front of trucks causing accidents and the truck gets blammed so think about all this and more before you get so happy for trucks to be banned

  • merkwaardig - 2015-04-15 16:44

    Since Maria Ramos caused the collapse of Railfreight, the growth of trucks on roards has been exponential. In a trip from Joburg to Cape Town yesterday, about 90% of vehicles were large trucks. I am all for banning trucks off roads during peak hours. I look forward to the detailed factual attachment from the freight assiciation why this should not happen. :-D

  • Tokkolossie Tokoloshe - 2015-04-15 16:55

    This is a crazy idea triggered by the death of a comrade that allowed his driver to drive like a maniac. I travel a lot on the N1 and I find trucks less than a problem than the bloody taxi drivers. Take them of the road or enforce the law against them severely and 90% of the problems on our roads will dissapear.

  • Juan Potgieter - 2015-04-15 17:04

    Most people not in Logistics won't understand the consequences. No more will you receive your parcel early in the morning. No more will goods be readily available at your local shop. No more will your manufactured goods be picked up 18:00 in the afternoon. People don't realise that anything from a tissue to a Mac notebook is transported by a truck. They just go to their local shop and expect it should be there. What they should do is implement a roadworthy test for vehicles 10 years and older and it should be yearly in order to relicense your vehicle. Secondly they should ensure all drivers are insured like they do in the states and many other countries.

      Shaun ter Bruggen - 2015-04-15 17:20

      You are misguided Sir. They are not proposing that heavy trucks are banned from the roads. Most goods can readily be delivered without compromising availability. The courier companies will adapt and use smaller vehicles to not compromise time sensitive deliveries. We need to see the bigger picture in matters of life and death.

      Juan Potgieter - 2015-04-15 17:28

      Shaun, adapting means instead of delivering in a vehicle that can carry 5 tons you will now need to replace it with 5 x 1 ton pick ups or two sprinters. This will drive costs up meaning you and other consumers will pay more for the things you buy. Wait and see.

      Shaun ter Bruggen - 2015-04-16 06:42

      Juan. How much are lives worth?

      Norbert Skosana - 2015-04-16 07:07

      Juan, if a city like Moscow can successfully implement such a scheme in the long term and have shelves full of tissues and Mac notebooks, could we not do the same? It is interesting to see how busy the highway is at midnight coming out of Moscow towards St Petersburg as the trucks are allowed back on the roads after 23:00. During the day, a network of smaller vans deliver all over the city, and the economy of scale of these operations make it worthwhile. It works a treat - no traffic jams because of heavy articulated lorries, and no accidents related to them either.

      Nu Vérité - 2015-04-16 07:40

      Norbert, banning trucks during peak time traffic won't sort out congestion, there are just too many cars on the roads.

      Victor Downing - 2015-04-16 14:23

      I agree insurance on all motor vehicles should be implemented, I do not see time restrictions working.

  • André Van Wyk - 2015-04-15 17:06

    Refuse trucks?

      Markjen Gilliver - 2015-04-15 17:07

      They only start at 10 am

  • Ryan Miguel - 2015-04-15 17:06

    The more I read about South Africa, the more I fear there is no hope for it. So many problems and seems no one really knows where to start. So glad I left when I did.

      rob.harries.10 - 2015-04-15 19:50

      We also happy you left!

      Lee-Shay Andrea Collison - 2015-04-15 21:53

      Good riddance!

  • Otto Blanckenberg - 2015-04-15 17:09

    Would this apply to built-up areas only, or countrywide? What is the point of a truck between Poffadder and Garies stopping during those ours? There's hardly any traffic to affect.

  • Liam Fagan - 2015-04-15 17:29

    i have been wishing this for years, aside from the danger they just cause congestion

  • Jaco Swanepoel - 2015-04-15 17:40

    Some more food for thought.....all the trucks that stopped now start moving at the same time......holy wack try that for congestion.

  • Gavin Boltman - 2015-04-15 17:46

    I frequently travel long distances by road and have respect for our long haulers who often get out of your way or assist you when you try pass them. Sadly I cant say the same for taxi drivers.

  • Gobsmacked - 2015-04-15 18:00

    About time

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2015-04-15 18:29

    Good idea but then night time driving will be even more dangerous. The only solution is to get our well extended railway system back to glory and keep trucks off the road. Resulting in safer conditions and lower road maintenance.

  • BLUESILVER2012 - 2015-04-15 18:54

    This is nothing new and has been done for YEARS in Europe. ..their economy survives just fine and no trucks at night on the roads....

  • Cobus Brink - 2015-04-15 19:01

    Mis ek iets of is my kalender verkeerd? Dis mos nie 1 April nie? Die antie het weer haar mond oopgemaak sonder om die dinge te deurdink, en as ek na die kommentaar hier kyk het 'n klomp ander mense ook nie gedink voor hulle skryf nie. Ek vra julle mooi, gaan gooi 'n ou groot glas rooiwyn en dink bietjie rustig hieroor. Die sakie is nie so glas helder soos meeste van julle dink nie. Eerstens waar trek jy 'n interlink af langs die pad? Onthou dis Al die lorries op SA se paaie wat skielik ALMAL iewers moet parkeer. Tweedens, wat dink julle hoeveel tyd gaan dit voeg by die afleweringstyd van 'n vrag? 20%? Nou wie gaan daai verlies aan inkomste dra? Die verbruiker, so maak jou reg vir 'n lekker vet verhoging in alles wat moet beweeg. En nou is die dag korter om die aflewerings te doen, so mense moet oortyd werk om die vrag af te laai. Nog kostes vir die verbruiker. Nee wat mense, het ons nou te lui geword om te dink?

      Simon Mincher - 2015-04-16 06:18

      Ek stem saam. Daar is ni genoeg plek om testop ni. So as di trokke moet stop in di tyd perk daan moet ons net stop ini pad tot di tyd perk verby is. Daan gaan di paaie mal wees. Mense maak reels vir trokke en hule weet ni eers hoe om n trok tebestuur ni.

  • Hamish Leslie Drake - 2015-04-15 19:19

    So if a truck is half-way between somewhere and no-where, he has to stop. Complete idiocy that it doesn't mention urban areas vs rural areas. And 6 months after this is implemented they will realise that car drivers are far worse than truck drivers and it will all fade out. Clown politicians.

  • Malusi Ndebele - 2015-04-15 20:10

    Doesn't Botswana have similar rules already and seems to be working.

  • Dominique Van Wyk - 2015-04-15 20:45

    Errrrm just get proper rail transport going again. If cANCer are even able to fix what they broke in the first place!

  • Michele Christian - 2015-04-15 20:55

    She can start with Magaliesburg trucks. It has 1x street in and out and nearly 2000 per week racing down the hill and through the town. As a short cut to Botswana. A wonderful idea would be to tax them. And spend the money repairing the damage to the existing road.

  • Ricky Scott - 2015-04-15 21:04

    This was suppose to be implemented long ago.

  • Neil Gow - 2015-04-15 21:34

    Agree totally .. they can deliver in the eary gours of the AM .. They can save fuel by not driving in traffic too.

  • Maritza Kruger - 2015-04-15 21:43

    I drive the N1 every day from Centurion to Honeydew and back and the trucks are definitely making it worst. The snowball effect from slow driving trucks is insane and yes they do play a large roll in accidents caused during peak hours. I do however suggest that they move the morning time frame to 5:30 - 8:30.

  • Bryan Coulter - 2015-04-15 21:45

    Right...let's see these fools try and police this law...Nothing more that hot air from a government in crisis.