South Africa’s plans to ban left hand vehicles worry Malawian Cross-Border operators


Road Transport Operators Association (RTOA) have pleaded with Malawi Government to lobby with South African Government on the decision to have all the Left Hand Vehicles (LHV) banned in their country.

This follows a decision by South Africa to start restricting or importation of left hand vehicles in the country.

This decision forced RTOA to have an interface meeting with the Malawi Chamber of Commerce and Industry last month where Government officials were also in attendance.

Local transporters cry foul. (Google image)

During the meeting, RTOA Chief Executive Officer Chrissy Flao urged Malawi Government to intervene saying banning of Left Hand Vehicles will push local transporters out of business.

“South Africa is to completely ban the use of Left Hand Vehicles and this will definitely force us out of business. We are pleading with our Government to intervene by lobbying their counterparts to consider extending a six months period for those who are already processing the purchase of such vehicles after which a ban should be posted for importation and let those who already have to continue running their vehicles until they are grounded,” she said.

And speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, Principal Economist in the ministry Chimwemwe Kaunda promised the local transporters that government will try it’s level best to lobby South African government on the matter.

In many countries, LHV have been banned, with South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Rwanda all coming up with laws restricting the use of said vehicles.

In Malawi, many transporters have plenty of left hand vehicles and if the ban is imposed, lot’s of workers risk losing their jobs as many trucks operate in the said countries.

The left hand vehicles are being banned for safety concerns.



  1. Some countries have standards that they comply to, so urging the Malawi government to lobby for the extension of time wont help matters, why are citizens of that country silent on this?? There are more disadvantages than advantages, the best is just to cope with their standards, start preparing now. Osamangodandaula ayi

  2. well done SA but its not only Malawian trucks there about 90% trucks from Zim coming to sa each and every week with LHD why u not saying anything about them or unless u scared of MUGABE lol

  3. South african must ban south african left hand vehicles not foreign vehicles.there are alot of right hand south african trucks entering congo with millions dollar goods,does it mean those vehicles will be banned from entering congo?they shudnt think throu trousers but thru brains.

  4. Is their any drive from malawi complaining about left hand driving tracks?if not why should they stop them as if they are the one driving them in South Africa,mind u malawi can be more advanced in several things than south Africa plus they have to know there is no company which manufacture tracks in malawi they are all imported or they want Malawians to import expensive tracks from south africa?

    1. the roads ain’t made for left hand driving,it’s not easy to drive with a left hand drive car on the roads in South Africa unless you very good in it,or used to it.they making laws according to thier country so it doesn’t matter if you come from anther country you follow them.

  5. ndikhala pa ulova wa ntchito ineee LHV ndi momwe ndimadyera….RSA usatithesele ntchito mesa kwanuko munandikana mumati mufuna work permit

  6. Akufuna azigula konkuno ma truckwo nde nkhani yake southa africa siifuna ma galimoto amaiko ena iwo amapanga magalimoto nde akufuna amalawi omwe mmagula magalimoto anu ku usa ndi ku dubai muzigula kwa iwo kut nawo malonda aziyenda

  7. itotaly agree LHD are not supported in the SADC highway codes we drive using left lane and it is recommended for driver to be in thd middle of the road to propery check on coming traffic!

    1. Palibe chanzeru man mukulankhula apa, frozy ndichiyaninso akusungira moyo wako pamenepo. Ukudandaula ngati, aletsani kuti musamadye nsima.

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