Traffic congestion as migrants head home

Monday, December 14, 2009

Pretoria - Traffic volumes are expected to increase on Friday on the main routes leading to Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga as migrant workers go home for the festive season.

"Road traffic congestion is expected to rise this coming weekend as factories close and holiday makers set on their journey to various holiday destinations across the country," said Thandi Moya of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RMTC).

She told BuaNews the biggest increase of traffic congestion is expected on the main routes leading out of Gauteng, the N1 North and South, the N3 towards KwaZulu-Natal and the N4 towards Mpumalanga.

The RMTC has also appealed to motorists to obey road traffic rules to avoid unnecessary fatal crashes on the roads. It warned that law enforcement authorities across the country will tighten the screws to deal with disobedient road users.

Motorists are further warned to drive cautiously in wet weather conditions as thunder storms are expected in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal as well as Gauteng on Monday afternoon.

"In rainy weather conditions, motorists are advised to keep a distance in order to allow for three or more vehicles in front as well as slowing down to avoid crashes."

As there are many road works in most major routes in the country, motorists have also been advised to exercise patience as the road works may result in backed up traffic.

Road users are urged to report bad driving on 0861 400 800.