Minister of Works and Transport Apheus !Naruseb has temporarily prohibited trucks from using the B2 road between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay during December to decongest the road and prevent vehicle accidents over the festive season.
According to a statement issued on Friday, the use of goods delivery vehicles and busses or trucks of class 3.5
are not allowed to make use of the B2 road. The trucks are now required to use the C14 road and C34 road behind the
dunes, between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay as an alternative road.
The temporary ban of heavy trucks will be effective as from today until January 17, 2015. According to the minister’s
statement, the precautionary measure is implemented annually to avoid congestion and accidents during the busy holiday season. Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are expected to receive more holidaymakers this festive season, due to the extremely hot conditions experienced throughout the country. Due to the rapid influx coastal roads tend to accommodate a high number of road users. This high volume of vehicles on the road slows down traffic and increases the risk of accidents, especially on the B2 road.
According to Erongo police chief Commissioner Festus Nelumbu, although this is temporary measure, they have
always advocated that the road behind Dune 7 be used by heavy trucks, as it relieves traffic on the B2 road between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. He said: “Since it is a temporary ban and a workable solution we will first educate our
drivers, but we will definitely act on those who do not stick to the temporary ban.”
He confirmed that roadblocks have already being set up between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund and the police would strictly control the movements of trucks between the two towns.