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Posted by: Ansie | 2010/02/15

Speed in suburb

I hope you can assist me? I am staying in a suburb in Brakpan, and unfortunately in a busy street. The residents in this street had previously apply to the council for speed humps in the street because the road users think it is a highway with very high speeds. The feedback from the council was that they cannot do anything because the road is a freeway in the suburb. The amount of noise that comes from the exhausts and because of the speed is very disturbing. What if a child or animal gets in the way of these speedsters? Isn' t there a possibility that one can force the municipality to do something - speed bumps or speed camera' s? Isn' t it a resident' s right to stay in an environment that is not disturbing? Please help?

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Yes, according to the Consitution you have the right to an environment that is not harmful to human health or well-being (Section 24 (a)). The problem you describe has become a common one in many parts of residential South Africa i.e. dangerous traffic, particularly dangerous driving by taxis. You can complain to the Public Prosecutor Tel: 0800 11 20 40 http://www.publicprotector.org/ that your council is not responding in a helpful manner. You might need to engage the services of a lawyer to advise you on how to proceed however.

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Posted by: EnviroHealth Expert | 2010/02/15

Yes, according to the Consitution you have the right to an environment that is not harmful to human health or well-being (Section 24 (a)). The problem you describe has become a common one in many parts of residential South Africa i.e. dangerous traffic, particularly dangerous driving by taxis. You can complain to the Public Prosecutor Tel: 0800 11 20 40 http://www.publicprotector.org/ that your council is not responding in a helpful manner. You might need to engage the services of a lawyer to advise you on how to proceed however.

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