Business owners in Kraaifontein Industria are fighting a never ending battle against trucks that block their entrances almost daily.
Trucks coming off the N1 use the diesel depot at the end of Assegaai Road and often queue up in this narrow street to refuel.
Some truck drivers also use the street as an overnight stop.
Because the road is so narrow other cars can’t pass the trucks.
Business owners say the trucks stop or park illegally anywhere in the street blocking their entrances and thus making it impossible for clients to enter their premises on some days.
Even oncoming traffic is blocked when trucks illegally park on the other side of the road.
“And on some days we have to wait hours before we can leave our own premises. Clients can't get in and we can't get out all the while losing a lot of money,” says business owner Hannes Rheeder who speaks on behalf of 15 other businesses in Acacia, Assegaai and Industrial roads.
The group wrote a letter to the City’s traffic department in January pleading for solutions, but has since then not received any feedback.
“We are losing money, and as taxpayers we expect the City to find solutions or enforce the law,” says Rheeder.
Out of sheer desperation some have even threatened to take the law into their own hands, by means of puncture zones if the situation does not improve soon.
After an outcry in January this year, the City of Cape Town in the media committed itself to doing an investigation into long-term workable solutions to address this issue, but nine months later not much has changed.
When TygerBurger enquired at the City about this investigation, Maxine Bezuidenhout, spokesperson for traffic services, said they are currently looking into this to find a sustainable solution to this matter.
“The City’s traffic service had a site inspection on Assegaai Road to determine the extent of the problem and possible solutions. There is no short-term solution as trucks line up to refuel. Traffic enforcement will not resolve the challenge as this is an industrial area and the movement and “waiting” of trucks to load/off-load is inevitable.
“Congestion is caused when trucks go to the area to refuel,” she confirmed.
But Rheeder says there is at least one viable solution to the problem that could have been identified by the City, when they did the investigation they said they did in January.
“We know nothing of any investigation in January and got no feedback. Why did traffic services not come and talk to us? Nothing changed in January, what are the chances that it would change now? We don’t believe what they say.”
According to Rheeder a solution lies in making the road one-way.
“A one-way road will allow for more space for other motorists and traffic will be directed in a better way around the fuel depot and out of the area. This can be done only if the City would engage with us,” he says.