KOMANI attorney Wesley Hayes has called on the Enoch Mgijima Municipality traffic authorities to pay urgent attention to the traffic congestion problem plaguing Green Street in the town’s CBD.
Hayes said he was driving in the street, in the direction of Cathcart Road, at 5pm on October 13.
“As you are well aware, the left-hand side of the road is a non-parking zone with several signs along the pavement indicating so.”
The street was busy, with several oncoming vehicles.
Hayes, who has raised his concern with dealership Weirs Toyota situated on the corner of Green Street, said one of their staff members had stepped into his vehicle from the side on the day, bending his side mirror and bumping the door.
Hayes subsequently called the dealership and was told that management had confirmed that staff had signed documentation saying they would not park illegally in Green Street – yet shortly thereafter, he spotted another vehicle and an employee parked under a tow-away sign in the street.
Hayes said he was aware The Rep had, in the past, reported on the traffic problem in Green Street and the illegal parking of vehicles and he had thus contacted the traffic department for intervention.
He was fearful that an accident may take place in the street. The local traffic authorities were obliged to take action, he said.
Weirs Toyota manager Chris Grundlingh said the dealership was not the only business in the street which required parking and whose customers could be responsible for illegal parking. Staff had been told not to park illegally in the street.
An additional concern was that customers wanting to check in vehicles for service parked their vehicles before the business opened, making it very difficult to police.
“Should a customer park there, we try to remove the vehicle as quickly as possible.”
Grundlingh said Weirs Toyota was also renting space in the parking area of a nearby church to resolve the problem.
He said when Weirs was renovated a couple of years ago, a formal application was made to the municipality to create extra parking on the pavement, which is wide, with the dealership offering to carry the costs. The application was turned down.
Grundlingh agreed that turning Green Street into a one-way street could be a possible solution to the problem, adding that Komani had a shortage of parking throughout the town.
Enoch Mgijima spokesman Fundile Feketshane had not responded to questions sent on November 15 or to follow-up e-mails this week.