Cop stars: Provincial Inspectors Ontiretse Mogokonyane (left) and Christopher Ditibane from Brits Provincial Traffic – young men setting an example for all traffic officers to follow.
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Fleetwatch added 6 new photos.March 20, 2018 at 8:29pm
March 20th: Van Buuren, Gillooly’s Interchange, N12. It’s a big mess all around there due to protest action by taxis. Avoid this area if you don't want to sit in traffic back-up until who knows when???? This is really great for transport efficiency in the trucking industry!!!! AAAARGH!!!!!!
FleetwatchMarch 20, 2018 at 8:24am
Marxh 19th: Taxi industry plans to close R21/R24 during protest action on March 20

Following threats of violence, Ekurhuleni has suspended all bus services for the day

Puleng Sekabate | 2 hours ago

Major disruptions on the R21 and R24 highways could on Tuesday morning as a result of a planned taxi protest.

The idea is to block traffic from and to OR Tambo International Airport.

As a result of the protest the City of Ekurhuleni will stop all bus services for the day.

Themba Gadebe, spokesperson for Ekurhuleni Metro, said in a statement issued on Monday Afternoon: “The taxi industry in Ekurhuleni has given the City notice that its members will be embarking on a march tomorrow, March 20. Due to this anticipated protest, which will take place throughout Ekurhuleni, the City would like to inform the public that its bus services will be suspended as a precautionary measure for the day, following a threat of violence.

“Commuters are encouraged to seek alternative modes of transport for tomorrow (Tuesday). We do apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding. The bus service will be fully operational from March 22,” Gadebe said.

Commuters will be compensated with a free ride for a lost day.

According to information received, Ekurhuleni Management Council (MANCO) held a meeting on March 15 at Kempton Park Civic Centre to deliberate on the planning of a protest march planned for March 20.

The purpose of the march is about the grievances of Ekurhuleni Road Transport Council (ERTC) against the metro for the withdrawal of funding of the Kempton Park Tembisa Vosloorus Reiger Park (KTVR) bus service operations and the R800 million which was intended to buy new KTVR buses.

The logistics of the protest march are:

1. All members of MANCO who are executives of taxi associations will converge at the ERTC offices in Pomona from 9pm to midnight.

2. Taxi drivers and owners will converge at Esibayeni on Central Avenue and will proceed to the ERTC offices around 2am on March 20 to meet with MANCO members.

3. The plan is block the R21/R24 highway in both directions leading to OR Tambo International Airport. The protest is meant to disrupt the traffic flow into and out of OR Tambo.

4. Trucks will be hijacked, keys confiscated and truck drivers will be driven out of the area by assigned taxis. These trucks will be used to close off the highway.

The meeting decided not to disclose the off-ramps where the highway will be blocked. There are further plans to block the railway lines going to Kempton Park, points to be blocked were also not disclosed in this regard.

The protest will proceed to Germiston where other associations operating from the eastern and southern parts of Ekurhuleni will be met with their counterparts in the southern part of Ekurhuleni.

The entire protest will proceed to the mayoral chambers in Germiston to hand over a memorandum of their grievances.

EXPRESS confirmed the information with the metro’s spokesperson who said it is correct.
FleetwatchMarch 18, 2018 at 10:37pm
*_SATAWU Strike Action_*
🚏🛣 SANRAL have confirmed that they received notification at 10h00 on Friday that the staff will be proceeding with a strike with 24hr notification which effectively means that it could start at 10h00 on Sunday. However is is probable that it will start on Monday

The following Tolls are affected:
“Mariannhill Toll Plaza
Tongaat Toll Plaza
Umvoti Toll Plaza
Umtunzini Toll Plaza”

As Received ... so please just be aware and PREPARED. Will UPDATE as matters progress.
Fleetwatch is at Shell Ultra City Pitstop Bloemfontein.March 16, 2018 at 10:52pm
What a great initiative at the Shell Ultra City Pitstop Bloemfontein with Vodacom and the SAPS promoting and thank you for wearing your seatbelt. #W8_2send
FleetwatchMarch 16, 2018 at 9:44pm
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Fleetwatch is with Bakers's transport Alrode and Volvo Trucks South Africa.March 16, 2018 at 8:58pm
Traveling back from Beaufort West and spotted the FleetWatch Safety Stickers on the back of a Bakers Transport truck. What better way to remind people to stay safe whiles on the roads. Thank you to Volvo Trucks for partnering on this imitative. #speed #kills #slowdown #trucking #safety #volvo
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