Renewed call for control of street mechanics
DESPITE years of plans and promises, there is no apparent end in sight to the pollution of street mechanics who pollute the CBD in the area close to the Richards Bay Magistrate’s Court.
More than a dozen vehicles at a time can be seen at any time daily, receiving repairs.
Discarded spare part boxes, replaced engine or body parts litter the street and pavement of Rua de Franc – the road connecting Peseta Parade with Rupee Riff, close to major spare parts shops.
Oil floods into the road and adjacent drains and storm water system, while lack of public toilet amenities results in the nearby grassy area being used for that purpose.
The municipality has been trying to resolve the problem for over 10 years, seeking a balance between ‘cleaning the streets’ and providing opportunity for the ‘second economy’.
Undertakings by the municipality to tow away and impound vehicles, and to take action against mechanics trading in contravention of Nuisance and Street Trading by-laws have not been forthcoming and warnings are ignored.
The goal of relocating the mechanics to an appropriate site where oil traps, ablutions and waste bins are provided – such as behind nearby Taxi City - has not materialised.
Meanwhile, neighbouring business owners grow increasingly frustrated at the water and land contamination affecting their properties.
‘It is not right that I get a parking fine for my car facing the wrong way on the street but municipal traffic officers’ and officials’ eyes remain shut to the daily damage and destruction being done through the illegal street mechanics,’ said one owner.
A decade plus later and the same problem still persists
The mess left behind at the end of each day poses a problem as it ends up in the receiving environment
By 10am on Monday this week no fewer than 13 vehicles were lined up for repairs