Roads Authority has expressed concerns on the removal over sign posts along the Parliament– Bingu National Stadium dual carriage way.
Public Relations Manager for Roads Authority, Portia Kajanga expressed the concern Friday in Lilongwe during stakeholder’s consultative meeting on Health, Safety and Environment.
She noted that despite being a new road some people have already starting removing sign posts along the dual carriage way.
Kajanga said the act has increased incidents of accident along the way as a result of such acts.
“The construction of the dual carriage way included the safety component which is being supported by the road signs that were placed along the way. It is disturbing to learn that some people have resolved to vandalize sign posts,” the Manager explained.
She said this has negative affected most road users including motorists and cyclists as a result of the removal of sign posts.
Kajanga urged various stakeholders along the dual carriage way to ensure that the sign posts along the road are always protected from such acts.
“Community policing members along the carriage way need to provide adequate security and should step up security arrest involved in the malpractice. Let us join hands to safeguard government property for our own safety on the road,” Manager added.
One of the stakeholders to the meeting, George Makina noted that the road needs to be properly marked and installed with adequate road signs.
He said there are over four places along the road which could be considered to be hotspots for accidents.
“Apart from vandalism of the sign posts, motorists and cyclists too need to observe roads signs along the way. Speeding among most motorists has increased due to good terrain the dual carriage way has. Motorists too need to observe speed limit for road,” Makina explained.
Chief Road Traffic Officer for Awareness on Civic Education, James Gumulira said the speed limit for the dual carriage way is 60km/h and driving beyond this limit attracts a fine.
“Motorists should always observe speed limits of every road and failure to do so Traffic officers using speed traps will catch them up. The dual carriage provides two way lanes and motorists must use the left lane and the right lane should be used for over taking not for normal drive,” he pointed out.
Gumulira added that motorists could be fined if he keeps driving on the right hand side of the roads where there is no congestion.
He said motorists parking on bicycle lanes along the dual carriage way would be liable to fines and some have been subjected to this already.
Stakeholders to meeting included Roads Authority officials, Road Traffic Officers, Lingadzi Police Station Officer, Contractor of the road, Mota–Engil, Block leaders, members of Bicycle Associations, Lilongwe City Council staff and the mediaFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :