Malawi Police clarifies on confistication of driving licences over traffic offences
The Malawi Police Service has clarification on confiscation of documents by traffic police officers, saying they are no longer confiscating driving licences on unrelated traffic offences.
This follows confusion some motorists face, alleging that despite a communication on stopping forfeiture of licenses, some officers are still confiscating documents of road users.
National police spokesperson for the service, Peter Kalaya said the officers are no longer required to confiscate documents, especially licenses, for unrelated offenses which include, wrong parking.
Kalaya said in accordance with the Road Traffic Act, law enforcers will still be at liberty to seize other documents and impound the vehicles to as evidence.
“Our traffic police officers have ceased confiscating driving licenses, especially when such confiscation is not related to the offence.
“Our message is just to clarify. But they will continue to enforce the rest of the regulations that are in the Road Traffic Act, including confiscation of these documents including, driving licenses where they will be used as evidence,” he explained.
Kalaya has since called on motorists in the country to cooperate with the officers as they enforce laws on the country’s roads.