Proposed regulation to restrict road use by trucks

Transport minster Dipuo Peters has announced plans to introduce regulations to restrict the movement of trucks weighing above 9000 kg on public roads in order to help improve safety, according to her office on Wednesday.

“This intention is in response to the increase in the number of road carnages that involves goods vehicles on the South African roads,” Peters said in the statement.

Under the proposed regulations, large goods trucks would not be allowed on public roads between 6am and 9am, as well as 5 pm and 8 pm on Monday to Friday. this would not apply on weekends and public holidays, she said. Emergency vehicles were excluded.

The regulations would be released for comment before being promulgated.

Minister spokesman, Ishmael Mnisi said the department was ready to engage on the regulations, and it was confident they were workable. “With use of inter-modal transport and better planning, the regulations can work,” Mnisi told ANA.

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