A battle over bus lanes

Pedestrians passing waiting near the BRT lanes while trying to cross. Photo: Thato Mahla

Motorists have been warned stay off A Re Yeng bus lanes.

Tshwane metro police spokesperson Phindile Molefe said bylaws in this regard should be respected.

They prohibited motorists from using the lanes designed for the use of Tshwane Rapid Transit (TRT) system.

Molefe warned motorists not to abuse the lanes meant for the A Re Yeng buses as they will be fined.

Metro police work hard to make sure those who were breaking the law were dealt with accordingly.”

Lanes designated to TRT system drivers only were now hijacked and used by motorists who did not respect the law.

The 80km of dedicated lanes were meant to be used by buses and not minibus taxis or other vehicles.

A Re Yeng bus drivers found it hard to use their lanes when driving in the city as they were being forced to share it with “unruly” motorists.

The bus stations were located in the central median of the road from CBD to Hatfield.

Getting passengers to work or school on time was difficult as bus drivers had to wait for motorists to make way for them.

Molefe said the department was aware of the complaints.

“Motorists driving on the A Re Yeng lanes [make it hard for the bus drivers to use their lanes]. We have received complaints in the past from the bus drivers regarding this issue.”

Motorist Jabu Sombo said there was less police presence which was to be blamed for the situation.

“We had opposed this TRT project from the get go, but who listened to us? Are they making sure people don’t break the law?” asked the irritant driver.

Molefe said there was police presence.

Metro police officers are regularly deployed around those problematic areas to enforce the law,” said Molefe.

Sombo said space for motorists had shrunk to accommodate the TRT project.

“How can they expect us not to move freely now and not to use that space (A Re Yeng lanes) when there is no space?” asked Sombo.

Centurion resident, Betty Mofokeng, uses Nana Sita Street said traffic was more congested now than ever which was the result of the hijacking of lanes by motorists.

“If there are no incoming buses, I will jump at that opportunity to use that lane so I can get home early,” said the Centurion resident.

Molefe said: “We urge motorists and other road users to refrain from using these lanes as they are only meant to be used by A Re Yeng buses.”

Also read:

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Bus services interrupted 

Bus service leaves commuters in the cold

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