Parliament seeks stiff punishment for road traffic offences

Malawi Parliament on Wednesday moved in swiftly seeking stiffer punishment for road traffic offenders.

Traffic police officers attacked

This was after a report was presented in the House on the increase of road traffic offences in the country.

The House has suggested that the offence of threatening or use of violence against a police officer on duty should attract a fine of K100,000.

This was after several video clips went viral in social media platforms, showing civilians attacking police traffic officers on duty.

The members of parliament have also agreed that anyone who allows another person to use his or her learning driving licence, driving licence or any driving official document should be fined K100,000 up from K30,000.

A person who impersonates a traffic police officer will now pay K100,000 whilst owners of vehicles, mostly trucks and lorries, who fail to remove their vehicles which break on the roads and block access of the roads by other users will now pay K130,000.

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Mdala
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Mdala

If we become culprits, fair or unfair, we as road users should have at least the name of the officer responsible and his police ID No. on our Government Receipt! This would help a lot! In general, and in times of moneycards, phone money, we should try to avoid to involve cash payment for fines! There is no transparency at all, even we get an official receipt! Who pockets all this money? This is a major reason why 70% of our MPS employees are send by there bosses to the road , neglecting other important areas of duty, like investigating,… Read more »

KENT
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KENT

A police a traffic atibulidwe zamphamvu tsopano. ma MP tionana podzavota, pasavute! Malawi wa lero ndi ameneyu.

Madando
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Madando

This is unfair, malawi traffic officers are corrupt too much, its where the problem comes from

Kharupa
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Kharupa

Learn to follow the follow without being forced to and everything will be okay with you – palibe azakupise m’thumba.

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Pano tisiya kuwamenya koma kumangowalondola mmakomo mwawo nkumakawaphwasula azikazi awo akuona. Chifukwa pa mseu amatumbwa hvy ngati amatha nkhonya. Boma likulephera mu zina coz traffic department ikuba ndalama zedi zomwe akumalowesa mmatumba mwawo. Amene sakudziwa izi ndi ndani mu Bomali? Munya muona mudakamenyedwabe

Uyo
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Uyo

Stupid parliamentarians. All your going to do is made the traffic cops richer. They will now demand a 50000 bribe.

Ingwazi
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Ingwazi

The beatings of these corrupt officers will not stop you can adjust your fines as much as you like but bear in mind that on voting day we Will put you at a right place where you will regret the rest of your remaining days on earth
You think its easy to part with K100,000-00 pa Malawi piano? Mxiiii

The Truth
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The Truth

MK100,000 to beat the crap out of them for their rude behaviour is good value for money!

Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni
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Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni

The issue should not be stiff punishment but how traffic officers become accountable. What’s the point of stiff punishment yet money goes into corrupt officers pockets. We are totally failing this nation’s citizens. The law should be coined both ways. What do we do with overzealous and corrupt officers. Time has come where we should have a body that investigates police officers. Not good to make stiff punishments only

Thats Me
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Thats Me

Very stupid parliament as usual. The root cause of this disease is the corruption in the traffic department. Everyone knows that these dogs are always on the road to obtain money by corrupt means. In fact the traffic police lost the respect of road users long time ago and to solve this problem is not to give them more powers to obtain money corruptly but rather to remove them from the roads. Our MPs should not pretend as if they do not know what is happening to the road users. They are beaten because they are corrupt. It is as… Read more »

Adzonzi
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Adzonzi

Let the police be professional in their work as well, otherwise they are not objective in their work.

Aabwino
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Aabwino

For those without driving licences The Department should make them take the exam at higher price and release the vehicle when they are successful. The Department is only interested in collecting these moneys when people are being ripped off by driving schools. Why should one spend more than K200,000.00 just to learn how to drive a car? In most cases an automatic.

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