Heavy traffic volumes on the increase on SA roads

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Heavy traffic volumes have been being experienced on the country’s major roads. This is as holiday makers make their way back home.

In Gauteng, thousands of vehicles have passed through the De Hoek toll plaza on the N3 near Heidelberg. As well as the Pumlani toll plaza on the N1, north of Pretoria.

Provincial traffic police spokesperson Nomphithi Mtshali says the fugues have risen since earlier on Sunday.

“Between 12 and 1 o’clock on the N3 at De Hoek plaza we saw vehicles which were coming to Gauteng which is N3 north , 970 vehicles per hour and when we looked at Pumlani later which was between 1 and 2 o’clock on the N1 south it was 2199 vehicles per hour,” says Mtshali.

Traffic volumes are also picking up in the Western Cape on both the N1 and N2 highways towards Cape Town.

Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says several roadblocks have been set up on the notorious stretch of the N1 between Laingsburg and Beaufort West.

“Lots of taxis are leaving Cape Town towards the Eastern Cape. And lots of them are coming back from the Eastern Cape to Cape Town. And our officers are busy, they are 24 hours around the clock stopping the taxis, making sure that they are roadworthy, making sure that the drivers are not tired because fatigue normally takes it toll this time of the year,” says Africa