Malawi road traffic fines hiked over 200% to reduce accidents

From driving a vehicle without a driver’s licence, underrating traffic police officers  to dangerous overtaking, there are lots of things you can be fined for in this day and age as Malawi government has increased amount of money motorists can be fined.

Road Traffic: Motorists will now pay heft fine 

The Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) released their adjusted fees for road traffic services and fines the introduced in an apparent attempt to reduce increasing cases of road accidents largely blamed on reckless driving.

Some of the new fees and fines are as follow and will be with effect from November 13.

1 Driving a vehicle without COF is now at K30,000 from K10,000.

2. Driving a vehicle without a driver’s licence or professional driving permit is now at K100,000 from K10,000

3. Dangerous overtaking is now punishable by a fine of K50,000 from K10,000

4. Exceeding speed limit (speed trap) is at K50,000 from K5,000

5. Underrating traffic police officers will be punishable by K200,000 from K20,000

Road traffic authorities said in earlier a statement that the adjustments have also been necessitated by an increase in cost of service and materials that the Directorate uses in order to serve the general public efficiently.

“On the other hand, the continued increase in violations of road traffic laws has shown that the current fines and penalties are not deterrent enough hence the increase,” reads a statement.

Malawi has recently seen an increase in road accidents in which many people have died and several others seriously injured.

One of the accidents happed  recently in Mzimba district in which 21 Malawi soldiers died and many others seriously injured after the vehicle they were traveling in overturned at a bend due to over speeding.

The DRTSS rolled out the Malawi Traffic Information System (Maltis) which comprises Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement component which was adopted in 2000, to capture, process and store traffic information and is used for the issuance and renewal of drivers’ licence, motor vehicle licences and permits, road permits and weighbridge data.

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Che nnungu
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Worry not Malawians, Muzingoyika kansalu ka blue pa Mirror kolembedwa bwana Muthalika 2014 Boma. Angakufunseninso ndani? Jack up. Muziyenda momasuka osalipilanso. Tiluza tonse

Stout
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Who travels with that kind of cash? Invitation for bribary or carjackings. Cops must be smiling though. Same as if MPs voting for a 1000% increase in sitting allowance.

Mphongozidana Ndau
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This is daylight robbery at its best. This amounts to stealing from the poor. If you heard of kukama yowonda until it breeds Ndiye zimene mwapanga apazi. Musanamizire kuchepetsa ngozi. This is fundraising. Koma ndiye a traffic police alemeratu chaka chino

Matthews Kavaventi
Guest

Good move….100% in support….

Kandawe
Guest

Pliz consumers association of Malawi help us by taking injunction so that these new penalties must not be implemented

Atusaye
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I dont think these fines will reduce accidents. We should go back to the drawing board and see pomwe zikulakwika. 1. Choyamba, let the road traffic give zitupa zoyendetsera galimoto kwa anthu oyenera. As long as anthu akugula ma licence ngozi zizichitikabe because ogulawo sakudziwa bwino zoyenera kuchita pa mseu. 2. There are many vehicles which are not roadworthy koma amapezeka ali ndi COF. Amapereka ndani zitupa zimenezi. This has to be checked 3. Pamene wina wapezeka ndi mlandu wa exceeding of passangers, amangolipiritsidwa nkumusiya kuti adzipita ndi anthu akewo and he uses the receipt as a licence to carry… Read more »
Wezzie
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Instead of adopting measures that are founded on research findings, the silly directorate is making decisions based on emotions and assumptions.

Pano nde tidzipangana race mmu mseumu. They’re IS NO WAY I will play those fines. And apapa mungolimbikitsapo katangale. Idiots!

Antony
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200% is too much, when it comes to raising civil servants salaries MW gvt. Can never increase by that much. This will only lead to corruption. What about punishments for traffic officers who have always been corrupt? Can we legally film them?

The Never Reformed Malawi Polisi
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The Never Reformed Malawi Polisi

Much power given to the already most corrupt officers on the land. This is day-light robbery. U mean someone paying 200,000 as a fine? Do you know average salaries or monthly incomes of average Malawians. This is complete stupidity.

Chimtemwende
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You don’t need to refer to Army accident. Can Road Traffic fine Malawi Army???

Matthews Kavaventi
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Why not? No one is above the law you retard!

Happy
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ASK THEM. AS WE ARE TALKING A VEHICLE FOR MDF IS AT ROAD TRAFFIC FOR 3 DAYS NOW. NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.

Chimtemwende
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You seem not to understand. That’s the effect. That’s why the vehicle has been impounded but the cause is over speeding. Have you ever seen speed trap officers stopping a Malawi Army or Police or Ambulance or Presidential convoy because of over speeding??? Or when a Malawi solder in civilian attire is caught overspeeding and then he or she produces an Id to a Traffic police , Can he or she be penalized?? Mukunama inu

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