The owner of an Indian restaurant which has been crashed into twice is calling for action to make it safer.

Imanuz Zaman, owner of Taza restaurant in Burgess Hill, was working when a car smashed into his restaurant on Monday night.

The restaurant sits on the corner of a crossroads which has traffic lights.

The 64-year-old, who has owned Taza for 20 years, described some drivers in the area as “crazy”.

The Argus: The car caused damage to one side of the restaurantThe car caused damage to one side of the restaurant (Image: Taza)

He wants extra safety measures in place to protect his restaurant and slow traffic down.

Mr Zaman said: “It happened at around 8pm, it was a Monday so it was not too busy. There were some customers inside at the time.

“Some customers were quite lucky because they were by the window on the other side.

“It is frustrating, it has happened two times now. Our restaurant is on the corner of Royal George Road and London Road, last time it happened on the Royal George Road side.

“Last time, the restaurant was closed when the crash happened.

“We are going through insurance. It fully broke the front side, we will have to change the whole front of the shop.


“The car was going quite speedily, it hit the pavement, then hit my step and then gone into the shop.

“We need something to protect the shop, there is a traffic signal but we should take action to put a bollard or speed bump in to slow drivers down.

“Some drivers are crazy and should be careful.”

Mr Zaman said it is the second time since he has owned the restaurant that someone has crashed into it.

He could not remember the date of the first crash.

A West Sussex County Council spokeswoman said:  “There are currently no plans to consider installing additional safety features such as bollards at this location. The road is already served by traffic lights which control vehicle movement, and there are no records of any injury or collisions in the last 5 years.

“If residents have a safety concern regarding our highways they can report it to us via our website.”