Traffic volumes are increasing on South Africa’s major routes as holidaymakers start to leave Gauteng for different destinations this holiday season.
The N3 Toll Route Consortium says it has recorded higher volumes heading towards KwaZulu-Natal. An increase has also been experienced on the N1 in both directions.
Law enforcement officials have their hands full to ensure travellers reach their destinations safely. Various roadblocks across the province are set up to ensure vehicles are roadworthy and that travellers adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
N3 Toll Concession Operations Manager, Thania Dhoogra says despite the increase, their roads are still safe so far.
“We have recorded approximately 1100 vehicles per hour since 9am. These volumes are expected to increase to over 1 500 vehicles. There are currently no accidents recorded and weather conditions between Gauteng and KZN are reported as clear,” says Thania Dhoogra.
Millions of South Africans depend on public transport. This includes buses and taxis. The National Taxi Alliance also took part in the safety awareness campaign.
NTA General Secretary, Alpheais Malaza says, “The President and the EXCO wish all our taxi passengers and fellow road users who will be travelling, safer travels. We also wish all our business partners and compatriots a merry Christmas and prosperous new year.”
Some, boarding long-distance transport at Park Station in Johannesburg, seem a little anxious about the journey ahead.
“I’m happy to be going home. I just pray that this taxi gets us there safely. We depend on these drivers for our safety. So they should not drink and drive,” a passenger explains.
Higher traffic volumes are also expected next week just ahead of Christmas.