Minibus Owners Association of Malawi (MOAM) has revealed plans to start colour-coding minibuses based on routes thereby ensuring sanity in the public-commuter transportation sector.
MOAM spokesperson, Coxley Kamange disclosed in an interview with Nyasa Times that the colour-coding project proposal has since been submitted to the Road Traffic Directorate for approval before it turns into law.
Kamange said once implemented, the project will help to ease out some of the problems minibus commuters do experience.
“Each route will have specific colours thereby making it easy for commuters to identify. Even if a passenger forgets change or their items in any minibus, it will be easy for them to trace the concerned minibus because there will be no incident of changing routes anyhow,” Kamange explained.
Kamange said that the project will make minibus drivers and conductors become more responsible in the welfare of passengers, adding it will also reduce incidents of theft and route diversion.
“Minibuses currently operate anyhow. They operate in any route of their choice and this in most cases inconvenience commuters who are not conversant with routes. It will also help our association to handle customer complaints and the sanity of operating minibuses effectively,” he added.
Kamange however, could not disclose how much it will cost to implement the project, saying the total cost will be known once the proposal is approved by the Road Traffic Directorate.
Once implemented, colour-coding will help to completely phase out minibus touting, which has been blamed for escalating theft around minibus terminals.