The City of Ekurhuleni is facing growing concerns over the substantial expenses incurred in replacing traffic lights, a significant portion of which are damaged due to preventable human actions, including car accidents, theft, and vandalism.
According to Zweli Dlamini, the city’s spokesperson, the municipality has already allocated approximately R120 million to repair and replace traffic lights during the previous fiscal year, which ended in June 2022.
In response to this financial strain, the city has devised a strategy to replace damaged traffic lights with stop signs in some instances, primarily due to budgetary constraints. While this measure is considered temporary, some intersections may see the installation of stop signs as a permanent solution.
Dlamini emphasised that the permanent installation of stop signs would follow a well-defined process, aligning with the guidelines outlined in the South African Road Traffic Signs Manual, which governs decisions regarding traffic signals in the city.
The City of Ekurhuleni remains committed to its established 24-hour response time for addressing faulty or damaged road signals. Routine inspections will be conducted to identify any malfunctioning or missing traffic lights.
In Ekurhuleni, there are 1,350 traffic lights, with approximately 1,127 of them falling under the responsibility of the City of Ekurhuleni. The Gauteng Provincial Government maintains the remaining traffic lights. When a traffic light maintained by the province is found to be faulty, the matter is promptly escalated for their intervention.
Dlamini urged residents to actively report faulty traffic lights to the city through their call centre, reachable at 086 054 3000. This collaborative effort is crucial in ensuring motorists’ smooth and safe movement within the city.
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