The Johannesburg Roads Agency has warned that it will remove all boom gates erected without permission in the city’s residential areas. What do you think of the issue of boom gates?

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has warned that it will remove all boom gates erected without permission in the city’s residential areas.

reported that the City of Johannesburg appointed JRA to manage the access restriction policy. Residents must submit applications for security access restrictions by July 17, but the agency said it had only received nine applications by Thursday. There are 1 127 boom gates in Johannesburg that will be removed if the residents do not apply for permission soon.

“Affected residents are requested to inform JRA of the existence of all closures in their areas to enable the agency to take appropriate action to either regularise their existence or alternatively, remove such closures that may be found not to be compliant with the city’s policy,” said JRA spokesperson Nonhlanhla Nxumalo.

The agency said recently that the council was receiving more objections than applications.

Applications must give reasons for the road closure. They must show 80 per cent approval from the community and the right of freedom must not be restricted.

Applications should also include traffic impact studies on local roads. Closures may not cause long diversions for vehicles or pedestrians and, they may not interfere with access for emergency or maintenance vehicles. Security staff at the access points may only monitor activity and, in the event of suspected criminal activity, the police must be informed. Approval will only be given for two years. Applications cost R6 200.

What do you think of the boom gate issue?