Malawi Police cautions against riding a motorbike without a helmet

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has warned motor cyclists that it will take serious action on anyone found riding a motorcycle without a helmet.

Rising motorbikes without helmets is risky

In an interview Police Spokesperson for the Southern Region, Rodney Mushane, said it was sad that some motor cyclists were ignoring the laws of the land by operating without helmets.

“This problem is there and as police, we are doing all we can to reach out to the people and civic educate them on the dangers of operating a motorcycle without a helmet,” he said.

Mushane said the problem is more rampant in the rural areas where most people are ignorant of road traffic regulations with others belittling the need to wear a helmet which is very important for ones safety when on a motorcycle.

“As we take serious action against the perpetrators, we will also reach out to them with messages since most are ignorant on a number of issues including the need to register their motorcycles,” he said.

A snap survey in the district of Blantyre revealed that many motor cyclists, mostly those conducting businesses locally known as “Kabaza operators” in Lunzu, Chileka and around Lirangwe Townships were operating without helmets.

Moreover, most Kabaza operators were seen carrying more than one passenger on the motorcycle which is against road traffic laws.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that the mode of transport they are using is safe and sound,” Mushane said in relation to the way most Kabaza operators are conducting their businesses.


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6 years ago

Ah! Tanzania is taking over the north, a lot of Tanzania registered motor cycles are all over the north. In mzuzu i saw a police officer on one of these Tanzania cycles. Go to rural Karonga and Chitipa it is everywhere yet we are busy complaining about the lake when on land they have come up to Mzuzu. Wake up next it will be something else of course Chikangawa they conquered.

6 years ago

in Mzuzu some pedestrians are not well versed with the highway code they cut cross the round about .Cant the city fathers of Mzuzu put a bye law to say any one found riding a bike within the specified area will be prosecuted not the bicycle owner .

6 years ago

in Mzuzu the scenario is worse they even carry two passengers ,no helmet they do not follow the highway code they move in the middle of the white line at a high speed .some even do not switch on HEADLAMPS IN CASE OF SMALL CARS.

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