STATE RAISES ROAD TRAFFIC FINES TO REDUCE ACCIDENTS

Five people killed in this accident after a 60 seater bus fell into a ditch at Zolozolo in Mzuzu this afternoon (Pic. Nyasa Times)

MALAWI: ACCIDENTS/NYASA TIMES/7/11/17 SABANews 1

BLANTYRE – Motor vehicle drivers in MALAWI will now pay hefty fines for traffic offenses, as the government moves to reduce accidents on the highways.

The NYASA TIMES newspaper says the crimes range from driving a vehicle without a driver’s licence, ignoring traffic police officers to dangerous overtaking.

It says the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services now requires motorists to pay 30-THOUSAND kwacha, up from 10-THOUSAND kwacha, for driving without a Certificate of Fitness.

Driving without a driver’s licence or professional permit now calls for 100-THOUSAND kwacha, up from 10-THOUSAND kwacha; dangerous overtaking is now 50-THOUSAND kwacha, up from 10-THOUSAND kwacha.

Exceeding speed limits will now cost 50-THOUSAND kwacha as opposed to the previous FIVE-THOUSAND kwacha fine and ignoring traffic police is punishable by 200-THOUSAND kwacha, up from 20-THOUSAND kwacha.

The Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services says the new fines have also come after an increase in the cost of services and materials it uses to serve the general public efficiently.

It has issued a statement saying continued violations of road traffic laws has shown the current fines and penalties are not deterrent enough, hence the increase.

The TIMES says MALAWI has recently seen a rise in the number of road traffic accidents in which many people have been killed and many others seriously injured.

It says ONE accidents that happed recently in MZIMBA District killed 21 soldiers and injured a number of others after their vehicle overturned at a bend due to over speeding.

MALAWI adopted the Traffic Information System in 2000 to capture, process, and store data for use in the issuance and renewal of drivers’ licences, motor vehicle licences, and road permits, and to keep information on weighbridges./Sabanews/cam

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