Bayhead Road leading to and from the Durban port and Durban Container Terminals.Picture by Motshwari Mofokeng /ANA African News Agency
Bayhead Road leading to and from the Durban port and Durban Container Terminals.Picture by Motshwari Mofokeng /ANA African News Agency
Disgruntled Durban truck owners blocked the entrance to the Durban Container Terminal on Bayhead Road. Picture by Motshwari Mofokeng /ANA African News Agency
Disgruntled Durban truck owners blocked the entrance to the Durban Container Terminal on Bayhead Road. Picture by Motshwari Mofokeng /ANA African News Agency
Truck drivers and truck owners staged a protest outside the Durban Container Terminal demanding a faster and efficient service from the ports authority. Picture by Motshwari Mofokeng /ANA African News Agency
Truck drivers and truck owners staged a protest outside the Durban Container Terminal demanding a faster and efficient service from the ports authority. Picture by Motshwari Mofokeng /ANA African News Agency
Bayhead Road leading to and from the Durban port and Durban Container Terminals.Picture by Motshwari Mofokeng /ANA- African News Agency.
Bayhead Road leading to and from the Durban port and Durban Container Terminals.Picture by Motshwari Mofokeng /ANA- African News Agency.
Trucks remain stagnant on Bayhead Road during a protest by truck owners at the Durban Container terminals. Picture by Motshwari Mofokeng /ANA African News Agency
Trucks remain stagnant on Bayhead Road during a protest by truck owners at the Durban Container terminals. Picture by Motshwari Mofokeng /ANA African News Agency
Due to a protest, heavy-duty trucks occupy both sides of Bayhead Road leading to and from the Durban Container Terminals.  Pictures by Motshwari Mofokeng /ANA African News Agency
Due to a protest, heavy-duty trucks occupy both sides of Bayhead Road leading to and from the Durban Container Terminals. Pictures by Motshwari Mofokeng /ANA African News Agency

Durban -  Transnet Port Terminals and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) were due to meet disgruntled truck owners who have blocked off the entrance to the Durban Container Terminal on Wednesday. 

Truck owners who transport shipping containers to and from the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) are demanding an efficient service. 

They slept overnight in their vehicles at the entrance to the DCT requesting a meeting with officials. 

Adhil Chunder, a truck owner and spokesperson for the disgruntled truck owners, said  they want with immediate effect a moratorium in all storage/detentions charges, not a single transporter must be held responsible or accountable for this blockade,  no trucks must be banned from the terminal for these current actions, they  want to be compensated for their standing time at the terminal in the same manner that Transnet bills them storage / late arrivals etc,  Transnet security seems to be a law in their own banning of trucks in a regular basis for menial reasons, further taking weeks to unban a truck and most importantly they want  trucks to turn around within 90 mins which was an agreement in the past 10 years or so. 

Chunder said the machines/cranes and hysters in the port were not serviced regularly causing further delays in offloading ships. 

Early on Wednesday there were 483 trucks in the DCT staging area, and two trucks inside the terminal. Container shipping operations has been affected.

Motorists travelling to work from the south of Durban faced traffic congestion on Umbilo Road and South Coast Road - two main arterial roads in Durban - were faced in huge traffic backlogs. 

Motorists were seen using the oncoming lane to access the port, surrounding businesses and the Bluff. 

A spokesperson for TNPA said they would comment once the meeting was concluded. 

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