MPs persuaded to fastrack revision of Road Traffic Fines Act

Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) has asked Members of Parliament to consider speeding up deliberations on the revision of the Road Traffic and Fines Act.

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Northern Region Director of Road Traffic and Safety Services, Leonard Ntonya said Wednesday in an interview that the revised Act is expected to come up with new penalties to offenders of road traffic regulations.

He said many road traffic users do not comply with the current traffic regulations rules partly because the penalties mete out to offenders are not stiff.

“A lot of accidents and offences which occur on Malawi’s roads are caused because of non-adherence to the set regulations.

Road users clearly know what they are supposed to do and how to behave when they are on the road, but sometimes they deliberately chose to ignore the regulations because they have the financial muscle to pay fines which are currently no so much deterrent if found on the wrong side of the law.

“This is why we are asking Members of Parliament and other relevant stakeholders handling the new Road Traffic Fines Act to speed up revising the Act so that punitive fines for law breakers are put in place,” Ntonya pointed out.

He said in just a week, Karonga District alone has lost seven people through avoidable road carnages.

“I will give you an example of an accident that recently happened in Karonga, two minibuses, both belonging to one owner were over speeding competing for customers and the end result is that one of them overturned several times and killed people in the process,” the Director said.

Malawi will on Saturday be commemorating the Day of Road Traffic Safety Services in Karonga District.

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Gome
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Gome

Ntonya its not penalty that make people comply its the whole systems and process. Imagine in Malawi today we so many drivers who can only drive an automatic car and yet for one to get a license is examined on a manual car. so how come majority of the work class driver cant drive a manual one? I know you know the answer to question. Everyday from as early as 3 am you can find traffic police officer on the road and yet you find so many unroad worthy vehicles freely plying on road, worst still passing by the same… Read more »

Wilson
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Wilson

Accidents happen due to a number of factors, low fine is just negligible. Check the whole system, it all rotten. It needs a complete overhaul of the system including officers handling these issues. Increasing the fine will change nothing, it will only enable these officers get richer and richer at the expense of the victims. Corruption yawonjedza pa Malawi coupled with poor roads in most parts of the country. Corruption has a price to be paid, and many times the price is so high (roads users lose their lives and property).

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

The truth of the matter is that three quarters of people driving on our roads did not go through proper driving school. Their licences are bought.

Guanta
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Guanta

Ntonya, u r thinking like a cadet. Hefty fines, so that the take home bribe also increases. Ntonya, u r part of why Malawi is not going forward. but since our MPs think like u, the bill will b fast tracked

Alamu Pumani Mwakula kuba
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Please stop the police from abusing the system. Why should they prosecute and judge? This leads to intimidation by the police. This must stop. Late Dzanjalimodzi got an injunction against this.

Central
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Central

Its time to be sincere Mr Mtonya! Zomwetu mukufuna inu ndikuti mitengo ikwele kuti zomwe inunso mumachita demand ngati kick-backs zikwele, period! All you’re saying is false! The fines are already high! Bribes by road traffic directorate personnel and the police are the root cause of accidents!! Imagine when a driver is caught for exceeding offense most of the time you merely get kick backs or force such drivers to pay and continue with the same number of people on board!! Kodi kulipila for an offense kumamupanga munthu kukhala ndi chilolezo chopitiliza ulendo ndi zinthu zolakwika? Worse still, when a… Read more »

Kambwali
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Kambwali

Very true

Zambulo
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Zambulo

The speeding minibuses in Karonga were not induced by small road traffic fines but rather by the fact that minibus owners give their drivers daily financial targets to meet. Hefty fines will not deter accidents. How about the nasty roads and the selling of driving licences by the road traffic directorate itself? The issue is more complex than you think. Apa ndiye mwaganiza ngati cadet

Chiyembwi
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Chiyembwi

Mr. Ntonya, raising a fine will not stop over speeding and accidents. Most of these salvage drivers not competent on the roads of Malawi especially minibus drivers buy licences from ur corrupt Road traffic, someone just from the village in Mulanje comes in town kugula license and mawa becomes a driver, how can he comply ndi malamulo apa mseu. There is too much corruption at ur office in all the region’s

Kalulu Wadwala
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Kalulu Wadwala

Encouraging corruption. Build spaghetti roads . Anthu ena aja nde anenepa kwambiri.

Old Timer
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Old Timer

In fact increased fines will make traffic police richer. Deal with corrupt traffic officers who tolerate unworthy vehicles and over speeding and receive bribes instead of penalty fees. You may wish to know that a small percentage less (10%) of roads collections go into GR. 90% of the fines is pocketed. Mr. Ntonya do a proper study using the concept of punishments in psychology” remember death penalties do not stop murders. Educate road users, empower passengers to report reckless drivers and act on them. MPs ignore Ntonya’s request instead ask his Department and Traffic Police to address the above

Samuel
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Samuel

Tikudalira inu aphungu athu kuti bill imeneyi isadutse. Anthu ankhanza awa komanso opanda chifundo ofuna kulemera mwachangu. Fine ikakula ziphuphu sizingathe. Palizifukwa zambiri zopangitsa ngozi, Miseu yochepa komanso yosakhala bwino. Too much traffic conjetion in cities. Ena amakhala akuthamangila kuchipatala. Kuudula kwamafuta poopa kuti mafuta amuthera pa quee munthu amayenda zosakhala bwino. M1 Lilongwe-Kasungu very risky road galimoto zikamadutsana usiku. Matayala agalimoto ndiokwera mtengo kwambiri motorist are recycling tires. Too much fake spare parts in shops. Itayeni bill imeneyi apeze chochita kuti ngozi zichepe fine singapewe ngozi. Mwachitsanzo mudaletsa kuti anthu asamakwele malore koma mabasi kapena maminibasi, kodi ngozi zidatha?… Read more »

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