Truckers protests: N3 blocked near Montrose, obstruction at Harrismith
Truck drivers are obstructing the N3 toll route in both directions near Montrose.
Law enforcement agencies have been deployed and are currently monitoring the situation, said Arrive Alive.
A backlog of traffic has developed between Montrose and Harrismith, and is causing delays northbound (towards Gauteng) at Tugela Plaza.
Road users are advised to delay travel to the area (between Tugela Plaza and Harrismith) until further notice.
This comes after a weekend trucker protest at Middelburg in the Eastern Cape, blocking trucks en route to Gqeberha port.
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula on Monday received a petition from the protesting truck drivers on the N10. High on the list of grievances was the “dominance of foreign nationals” as drivers in the industry, the provincial transport department said.
“The road remains closed for trucks while a bypass has been opened for smaller vehicles,” it said on Monday. Engagements between authorities and leadership of truck drivers continue.
00h35 26/10 #N3Traffic: #Obstruction reported at N3-7X Km 13 near #Montrose. The road is currently closed. Traffic backlog reported between #VanReenen and #Harrismith. Law enforcement is on scene, monitoring the situation. Motorists are advised to delay travel to the area— N3 Toll Concession (@N3Route) October 25, 2021
Last night the ATDF blocked the N3 just after Montrose before Harrismith. We hope that this is not a sign of the start of violence... again... Truck drivers and truck operators have already had to contend with so much this year... pic.twitter.com/tWSaI6btCl— FOCUS on Transport (@FOCUSmagSA) October 26, 2021