Parliament approves speed humps in national freeways
IN a bid to combat speeding and a very high death toll in national roads, the South African National Road Agency Limited (SANRAL), through the Ministry of transport have announced that they will begin installing speed humps in major freeways at 5km intervals. They also announced that they will put tollgates every 30km in all major highways.
“We have just come from the April and the number of deaths we saw in the freeways is just too much. People are speeding and though police visibility was high, people still sped and therefore we realized the need to have these speed humps which will force people to slow down,” said a SANRAL spokesperson.
The main roads to be affected by the exercise will be the N1, N2 , N3, N7 and N14. The main route between Cape Town and Johannesburg is the N1. The N2 from Cape Town follows the Garden Route and travels via East London, Durban and Richards Bay to reach Johannesburg. The N3 links Durban directly with Johannesburg via Harrismith The N7 follows the West coast of the country from Cape Town and via Garies to Namibia. The N14 links the N7 in the Northern Cape with Johannesburg via Upington.
The proposed toll gates will cost R2 per vehicle and the department reiterated that the move is only done to stop speeding.