Lukhanji will fix ro­bots

The Rep - - NEWS - By Sapokazi Zongo

TRAF­FIC lights in Robin­son Road near Strauss’s and at the four-way in­ter­sec­tion with Calder­wood Street have not worked for months.

Mo­torists have been forced to treat th­ese in­ter­sec­tions as four way stops, al­though some mo­torists do not ad­here to this. At busy times traf­fic of­fi­cers used to reg­u­late traf­fic when the lights were down, but this has been dis­con­tin­ued, re­sult­ing in chaos.

An em­ployee of a lo­cal driv­ing school said the ab­sence of traf­fic lights in­con­ve­nienced them be­cause even though they told learn­ers to treat those in­ter­sec­tions like four way stops they some­times for­got and con­tin­ued driv­ing, re­sult­ing in them fail­ing the test.

Lukhanji Mu­nic­i­pal communications man­ager Fundile Feket­shane, re­spond­ing to queries from The Rep, said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity ac­knowl­edged fail­ures in its traf­fic ser­vices depart­ment and wished to as­sure com­mu­ni­ties that they were in the process of re­pair­ing the traf­fic lights so as to pro­mote ad­e­quate traf­fic gov­er­nance.

“We shall, in fu­ture, en­sure that they are thor­oughly main­tained and guarded against van­dal­ism,” he said.

He said the traf­fic depart­ment was try­ing to find ways to en­sure that they dis­trib­uted the min­i­mal num­ber of traf­fic of­fi­cials across Lukhanji to pro­mote vis­i­bil­ity and gen­eral traf­fic man­age­ment.

“We ad­vise mo­torists that when­ever there are chal­lenges re­gard­ing ro­bots they should treat the in­ter­sec­tions as four way stops and be pa­tient.”

Pic­ture: TEM­BILE SGQOLANA

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