Malawi reforms: Road Traffic opens pp to more number plate operators

For the time ever, the Department of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) in Malawi will soon issue licences to three more importers of blank registration vehicle number plates in a bid to create competition and reduce prices.

More number plates operators

More number plates operators

The development is part of the fruits of the ongoing Public Service Reforms headed by Vice President Saulos Chilima, an initiative that has seen and continues to push for major changes in the public sector to improve service delivery.

The new arrangement means an end of a long time grip by Movesa since 2011, a monopoly that led to high price as well as shortage of the plates on the market on several occasions.

DRTSS spokesperson Chisomo Chibwana says the department has since issued a notice inviting interested importers to bid for the licenses.

“DRTSS expects that creating a platform of competition will in turn reduce the price of number plates and that’s why we are opening up to more importers,” said Chibwana.

The change is coming at a time when a number of reforms have been effected at DRTSS although at first faced public resistance but after improvement all is perfect and people transact business within minutes.

Late last year, DRTSS led by the Public Service Reforms Commission devised a three month strategy to rectify  the problems that were being faced during the first days of effecting the reforms at the department.

The reforms also faced internal resistance at that time as the new automated system had put a tight rid on all avenues that some employees used to milk the department.

But after the reforms the department is now self-sustaining as well as remitting dividends to Capital Hill for the time ever.

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Funzo
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Funzo
5 months 8 days ago

Zinja, comment #2, thinks the picture is of a developed country! While I don’t recognise the location, everything smacks of Malawi. The Japanese vehicles, the mix and colour of cars and minibuses, the tax discs, driving on the left, the eletricity cables in an urban area, the large advertising signs and the state of the road are clues!

munthu
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munthu
5 months 9 days ago

Okeh?

Mkazacheeee
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Mkazacheeee
5 months 9 days ago

And Saulos gives this to his friend.. and gets a lot of money out of this deal.. can we be less obvious amangwetu

Zinja
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Zinja
5 months 9 days ago

I dont think the pic indicated represent Malawi cities but its out sorced from abit developed country not ours…. anyway the issue is good but we should not expect cheap services and goods in Malawi, our Kwacha has just slightly appreciated because of just started tobacco season and it will depreciate when season closes so my fellow citizens forget about cheap vehicle Plates.thats total fallacy!!!!

zoona
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zoona
5 months 9 days ago

Can you people stop lying. Toad Traffic has always remitted a lot of cash to govt through the reserve bank. It is a govt dept. With or without DPP MALTIS was going to happen because it was conceived by civil servants. Reforms are good and vital to all organisations but please dont relate them to Chilima because all the ideas came from civil servants. Lets also give credit to APM without his approval nothing could have moved. Reforms started 30 years ago with Sir Herbeq if you may know.

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