“The High Court has ruled in favour of TCLM in the legal battle with truck companies prohibiting them from driving through the municipal roads,” the press release issued by the Office of the Municipal Manager read.
“The municipality gazetted by-laws early this year prohibiting heavy trucks weighing over 10 tons from driving through the town. Subsequent the gazetting of the by-laws, TCLM consulted with the affected parties including the truck companies to consider alternative routes that included the usage of provincial roads which have the capacity to accommodate heavy loads. The truck companies, however, opted to approach the court on an urgent basis to interdict the municipality from enforcing the by-laws.
On 29 May 2020, the High Court ruled in favour of the municipality dismissing the matter with costs against the truck companies.
The state of the roads in the municipality has since deteriorated mainly due to the increased volumes of heavy trucks that drive through the town from surrounding mines. TCLM will continue to enforce the by-laws and reroute the trucks as they damage municipal infrastructure that includes road signage, traffic lights, the drainage system, and other assets of the municipality,” Themba Sibiya, Communication and Marketing Manager said.
“I welcome it. The next thing is to get the mine trucks off Long Tom and to restore the road. Personally, I believe that the same should apply to laden articulated trucks using Old Lydenburg Road because there is an alternative route to York and while truck companies have yards in OLR, there should be a restriction to unladed vehicles only,” Captain Gwilym Rees, Chairman of the Sabie Ratepayers Association commented.