DURBAN – With hundreds of holidaymakers expected to hit the road ahead of Easter weekend, the N3 (N3TC) toll concession has confirmed it is ready for heavy traffic conditions.
The N3TC operates the N3 highway between Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal and Heidelberg in Gauteng.
Dhoogra said medical services with intermediate and / or forward survival units will be stationed at strategic points along the Route, while air ambulances will be on standby at their bases near the N3.
“Volunteers from various humanitarian groups will be available to help at major accident scenes and provide post-accident care and assistance. N3TC’s incident management services will also set up a dedicated site security vehicle at the summit of the Van Reenen Pass for the duration of the Easter weekend., “she said.
This year, an additional layer of risk, in the form of exposure to Covid-19, is added to the various challenges that travelers and support staff already face during peak periods.
“We call on all road users to stay alert while on vacation and not to let their conscience go. Continue to carefully follow all health advisories and protocols to protect yourself, your loved ones and those you interact with, ”Dhoogra added.
She said careful planning, patience and awareness, a positive mindset and defensive driving techniques all help reduce traffic incidents and trauma.
Better informed road users have easier travel experiences as they can take preventative measures to navigate or avoid stressful situations such as bad weather conditions, unplanned road closures, major accidents, traffic jams and delays . Get advance, real-time travel information for the N3 toll route by contacting the N3TC 24-hour helpline on 0800 63 43 57 or by following @ N3Route on Twitter.
Traffic accidents cause enormous physical, emotional and financial trauma that could be avoided by being alert and driving defensively. Human error and high-risk behaviors – including driver distraction and neglect, fatigue, speeding, driving under the influence (of alcohol, drugs or medication) and failure to seat belts – remain among the main causes of carnage on the N3 Route toll booth
“It is the responsibility of every driver to adjust their actions in order to minimize the consequences of human error,” she said.
Motorists are urged to pay attention to traffic obstacles along the road.
“Although the N3 toll road is currently being rehabilitated and upgraded to improve its road infrastructure along different sections of the road, construction crews have removed all stops to ensure that at least two lanes Traffic will be available in each direction to accommodate traffic during Easter Weekend. However, road users should always remain vigilant and obey warning signs and posted speed limits. Some construction areas may continue. to be barricaded for security reasons. If necessary, only emergency repair work will be carried out over this long weekend, “Dhoogra told me.
She added that all toll stations will be operating at maximum capacity, but congestion could be felt at the height of peak periods, especially in the direction of Gauteng on Monday, April 5.
If necessary, Dhoogra said the Road Traffic Inspectorate could implement special measures to manage the flow of traffic to reduce congestion and improve overall safety along the route. .
For increased mobility and security, electronic tags are highly recommended and accepted in all lanes of N3TC toll stations. Other accepted payment methods include credit cards, fleet cards, cash, or gas / garage cards. No debit card payments can be processed at toll plazas in South Africa.
High peak flows of 2,500 vehicles per hour to KwaZulu-Natal are expected Thursday and Friday. At least 3,500 vehicles per hour heading to Gauteng on Monday. If possible, road users are advised to plan travel times outside of peak periods.