Directorate of Road Traffic defends new fines for motorists

The Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) says new fines that have been introduced are not meant to punish Malawians but rather to bring sanity on the country’s roads.

Director of DRTSS Fergus Gondwe:  Penalties and fines adjusted upwards to deal with the problem of lawlessness which contributes a high proportion of accidents

The directorate recently introduced fines aimed at among others  stopping usage of cars which have not been registered and driving without proper documents.

But the move has angered several stakeholders including the Minibus Owners Association of Malawi  (Moam) which has described it as unreasonable.

According to Moam chairperson Felix Mbonekera,  the fines coming at a time when government has just introduced carbon taxes that came into effect on November 25 this year which Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is collecting on behalf of government as motorists renew their vehicle certificate of fitness (CoF),  and  will take many out of business.

Said Mbonela: “As MOAM we feel some individuals in government are not doing their job properly as regards revenue generation. The end result is that the very same people are the ones paying taxes. Eventually what this will do is take out some people out of business including our members.”

He added: “All in all, for us as Moam, this is a hard blow because as of now the economy is not good and business is not perfect on the roads following stiff competition and introduction of new taxes as well.”

But director of DRTSS Fergus  Gondwe defended the move, saying it is their duty to bring sanity on the roads.

“When coming up with fines we do not necessarily mean to punish Malawians but rather to make sure that the roads are safe. If one is driving a car with no proper documentation there are challenges in an event of an accident,” reasoned Gondwe.

A veteran insurer who asked for anonymity concurred with Gondwe that it becomes difficult to settle claims of accidents involving cars with no proper documents.

“We know the economy is tough for many but proper documents are a must on the road because they help in case of accidents,” explained.

Effective New Year’s Day 2020, driving a motor vehicle without a driving licence or a professional driving permit will attract a K15 000 fine, up from K10 000.

Failure to stop a vehicle under traffic order or refusing to comply with directions will cost K20 000 from the current K8 000 while the fine for driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol with above 0.2gramme/210mm remains at K200 000 or in default a three-year jail term and suspension for a year from driving.

A motorcycle overtaking a motor vehicle in the same lane of traffic with the motorcycle, motor tricycle or overtaking a vehicle at the same time as another motor cycle, will be paying a fine of K10,000.

Road users who leave a vehicle on the same place on a road for over 72 hours will be forking out K30,000.

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wabwino banda
11 months ago

tiye nazoni bill vs bill a road trafic musiye kukhala nyumba zathu za rent.

Mike Bamusi
Mike Bamusi
11 months ago

Road traffic department and the police Must also stop their corrupt practices

Drd
Drd
11 months ago

If we want traffic to be rich is our concern because we like to corrupt the officer

Bararabarara
Bararabarara
11 months ago

This will just increase the size of the bribe to Traffic Police or Road Traffic. If the Road Traffic Department was a listening Department, it would have taken decisive action against these thieves who openly demand bribes and encourage the use of dobadobas. The thieves are: Chigoneka, Fatch, Mumba, Bisika, Kumwenda etc. They openly steal kuti anthu azitukwana boma! Hey government, wake up and discipline these thieves.

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
11 months ago

Three years for driving without licence. Are we realistic? That is why we can’t develop. Mwina mukanati if involved in an accident or another associated offence but on its own that is dumb.

masoambeta
masoambeta
11 months ago

Malawi government is so desperate to raise money. They abused funds during campaign and zina ndi zomwe Dausi and company akumwera ndi mahule awo. Slowly this place will burn soon. DPP is destructive. A malawi chondo too much. Ma lawyer this was your time to challenge government and protect citizens from being fleeced. But because you will not get paid handsomely like the election case mulibe nazo ntchito. Titukuka liti abale?

Stout
Stout
11 months ago

Whats the problem? If you are legal and obey the traffic rules it costs you nothing. Why is it that a single minibus at a bus stop must keep their tail sticking into the road hindering vehicle flow when there is ample space for it to pull off the road?

Cadet
Cadet
11 months ago

Digging your own relations grave dealer than before. Malawi is cursed

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
11 months ago
Reply to  Cadet

Yes cursed and has a lot of satanists

Anastasia by Pepe Kale.
Anastasia by Pepe Kale.
11 months ago

Ngati ndalama zakuba zachepa ,These are nonstarter to North especially in Karonga.Let one try and will feel the the song.Zonesi kugulira ma tankers tiwonana

Nebraska
Nebraska
11 months ago

Dziko ndilokondela amene amakweza zama fine samagwidwaso ayi olo kulipila

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