Govt faulted for banning buses at night

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Malawians  have faulted government for imposing a 10pm curfew on buses.

The development follows the announcement which the minister of transport and public works, Jappie Mhango made earlier this week.

Mhango on Tuesday told Parliament that with immediate effect, passenger and goods vehicles will not be allowed on Malawian roads after 10 pm.

Buses no longer allowed to travel at night.

The minister said that the development is amid concerted effort to curb road accidents on the roads.

However, the decision seem to have provoked people’s anger, who are saying it is not the right decision.

On Malawi24’s Facebook post which sought people’s views on the decision, commenters said the ban is ironic since most of the road accidents experienced so far happened during daytime.

Prince Ndao Kananji said: “That’s not a solution because if you can analyse properly you will see that dangerous accidents have been occurring during day light, so banning travelling at night will bring nothing as far as accident prevention is concerned.”

“In dealing with a problem first identity the problem and causes then look for several solutions, analyse the solutions, choose the best and finally implement the chosen solution. I don’t think this was done because the worst accidents occur during the day. Which stats did they use?” Patrick Chinyangah chipped in.

Others suggested that constructing good roads and enforcing rules which are already in place would be better solutions.

Severiano Phiri: “It doesn’t make sense. The solution is good roads, roadworthy buses which are faithfully serviced, good drivers who respect road laws and long distance buses which have two drivers.”

Another comment came from Jeffrey Mbeya who said: “If this Government listens to its people , simple , let them find out from the people, even here, they count comments which are on negative side and see how many do agree or not?”

Some commenters however defended government saying the measure will also reduce crime.

Precious Gutah said: “Very good thinking it will also minimize theft. Most of the drivers are caught at night especially 12 midnight transporting some stolen items in that way, they will be hindered and get disturbed.”

The post also saw comments from people in the neighbouring countries like Chifundo Khaneni from Zambia who said: “It was the same here in Zambia, accidents were so rampant and the government had to put in place a law that no bus should be found on the road 9:00pm and Zambians today are appreciating because there are few accidents happening from the time the law was enforced. I think somehow this will help.”

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  1. tisamanamizanepo guys misewu ndiyomwei yomwe takhala tikudusamo koma zondikilani ichi kut satana akugwira ntchito yake ndiye chaka chino opereka magaz ndi Malawi ndiye tikadafaditu bola tidzingopemphera bas

  2. Bvuto la dziko lathu ma driver amabasi amayendesa mitunda yaitali osapuma monga kuyendesa 300 km popanda kupuma zosathira ndigozi basi driver akayendesa basi 200km apume asika mbasi ayendeyende pasi 30min olo basi iliyonse muzikhala ma driver awiri

  3. Well done but also put gadgets that will controll stop accidents the road. the police must register the vehicle numberonce it passed the road block, time so that the next roadblock the driver must also do the same

  4. Ndizowona zaka zonse tachokeraku ngozi kunalibe chifukwa kunabe mabasi ausiku koma muziganinza Kaye komwe mwachokera .mumaganinza ndi akazi anu mkupanga lamulo kuti mabasi asamayende usiku ndiye boma agule mabasi awo kapena traffic agule mabasi aziyenda paliponse monga akuchitira Ku SOUTH Africa

  5. The roads network of malawi are poory managed banning the buses at night its going to worsen the acciddents cos they will be more competion and congetion on the roads best way is to construct betterr roads system pld stop that nonsense

  6. Mhango, we need more empowerment from women presenting our lovely nation in parliament but I see like you by yourself, need to be re-brained becos that is absolutely unwise idea.

    Whats the use of having traffic cops and tighten roadblocks?
    Dont show us your failings MJ

  7. They should ban standing basi for buses………….. and introduce mandatory two drivers for Mzuzu BTZ route by checking locenses for the two at check points

  8. Kuyenda masana okha okha chitukuko chiyenda?ma road block omwe aja a traffic police azitha kufunsana kuti yafika nthawi yanji bus?asamaweruke ayi azisinthana 24hrs mma roadblock iwowa ndasilikali imeneyo ndi ntchito yao,ayike ma speed limit gadgets bus iliyonse likhale lamulo like bus yaikulu 80km/hr ikadutsa pamenepo izidula yokha speed bus!machine amenewa amaika ku tank la mafuta!pasapezeke bus yonyamula anthu oimilira,minibus atatu atatu konanso mitengo asamangokweza boma liyang’ane zimenezi!miseu ina ma truck asamadutse komanso ngati ma truck akutsitsa katundu apatsidwe nthawi!anzathu kumaiko akunja van/truck simasitsa katundu masana ayi.ma breatherlizers aja agule ochuluka,apolisi apatsidwe magalimoto okwanira aliwiro azitha kuthamangira olakwira malamulo panseu(highway patrol)tikatero muzaona ngozi zambiri zaku Malawi nzopeweka!

  9. If u have failed to run government just stop. Do mean accident occur at night only. U don’t think properly just imaging at day they is so many Vehicles at road then at night they. Is some space of which the buses can travel minus any problems check it out please

  10. I support the move,we have to be prepared.As gvt is pressurising these bylaws,they must also upgrade poor standard roads.Well constructed bridges and total abolition of corruption from traffic officers is also part of solution.

  11. The meaning is drivers drive long distances as a result fatigue of which that tiredness they still continue to drive with the aim to reach the end point and sometimes to come back again hence accident occurs during day time.So no time to rest equals accidents thus my understanding.

  12. Mwina ndidzabwino asayende usiku monga kumaiko enaku,koma China akanayika ma speed limint kwa magalimoto onse ango’ono ndi akulu,chachiwiri akonze misewu eg M1 unachepa kwambiri mwina ndi mwina msewu umenewo ,kwa inu mumayenda mutha kugwilizana name.

  13. Thats not wise enough! The problem is not orignating from driving at night, look at the condition of buses? their tyres? how often our roads are maintained? on the other side where and how do we employ our drivers? most of these drivers were min-bus drivers and you know who aminbus driver is! If it were me icould first set astandard for tyres and period proven by MIE,set aspeed limit for the big buses,set a very big p
    enalty to bus companies if accidents are proven to occur due to rakeless driving buses should have avalidity period zikatopa maulendo ataliatali ayi

    • Time for authorities to find what the root cause of accidents is, accidents are not only caused by by bus drivers or mini bus drivers neither are they caused by driving at night or because of some lugguage, accidents may happen any time and by any one..

  14. Truly those bused are packed like they packing pumpkins and they fly not driving ooh arrived in Nkhatabay un comfortably and annoyed with the service one can expect anything to happen its about money to them not for the good of passengers

  15. We are used to night buses for instance kuchoka lilongwe kupita mzuzu timati ndikwera ya usiku.nde in my view to implement this law pavuta komabe it can help to bring the accident situation to rest

  16. Kuyenda ndi usiku sivuto ku Malawi kuno kuletsa kuyenda ndi usiku ndikwabwino Ma transport ambiri oyenda ndi usiku amakhala opanda zoyenera kunoku ku maiko enawo Ali ndi misewu ya bwino Ma rights abwino komaso Ma bus abwino osati zinyalala zathuzi

  17. How many accidents have happened at night? thats the first question …if buses overload at night dont we have police check points at night?…..previously we had few accidents should we say then buses were not travelling at night? There are many factors for all these accidents travelling at night is just a small part of the elephant….How many transport systems does malawi have…..I live in Ntcheu…so many trucks travel at night, how many of them have been involved in accidents? daaaa

  18. I see nothing strange here.
    This is just the effects of bogging.
    Ife you check the yearly statistics you will understand that these accidents have been there only that Malawians have now been exposed to a lot of these info due to the boom in the number of bloggers.
    Sinanga previously anthu amangonva the info about # of accidents during the festive season.
    Check the trend from the 80s, do the math and analyze.
    Komapoti paja zowerengazi ndi ife ndi pachipongozi.

  19. Malawians have come to the extent of even faulting the Sun for rising. We’re just too ignorant on everything & that’s why we always comeup with silly arguments cos we all don’t have solutions to anything.

  20. Stiff necked fool’s..mmmmm do proper research in other surrounding country anthu akuwona phindu lake koma poti kuno chilichonse spoken by govt it’s wrong

  21. Amalawi ndife anthu opusa timangosusa zilizonse ngati anena kuti bus usiku isayende inu mukuti ai ndye munenene zomwe mukufunano koma bola zikavuta musazafutse boma kuti litengepo mbali

  22. from nsanje to chitipa,u can travel within 12hrs of the day,6-6. so there is no distance that needs extra night hrs. just kidding. no am joking am afraid kunditukwana ☺☺☺☺☺

  23. Mwina tingakhale oyamba padziko lonse lapansi Malawi kukhala oyamba anthu ake osafa ndingozi . Agulukunyinda mmadziwa tanthauzo la ngozi?

  24. ma thansipotafe timawauza ma dalaivala kuti adziyenda usiku kuchitira ma thayala nthawi ya dzuwa amamphulika ndiye timaopa ngozi. chabwino mukuti usiku yayi kuyenda? uzani okhonza ma thayalawo adzipanga mathayala olimba ogwirizana ndi kuyenda dzuwa liri gaaa, atero ma thasipota.

  25. Go Ku Tanzania no bus at night why not Malawi kungokhala mitu youma chilichonse kutsutsa usiku mukupita kuti unfiti chani

  26. Not only in malawi busses stop 10 oclock even in develpd countries ,but in malaw allwayz fighting with government issues , open your minds people!!

  27. Thumbs up to the gvnmnt. No need for night buses as if we are going to cross boarders. I travel a lot within Malawi but what happens at nite is that the buses take advantage by loading the bus malile nselu as if there is no Police. They just pass roadblocks like law less country very shame.

  28. Maganizo a ndunawo sikuthana ndi mvuto akuyenera kupeza mvuto kenako ndikuthana nayo. Ngozi zonse zikuchitika masana adakanena kuti ma bus akulu akuli mudzikhala ma driver awiri tikanena za traffic police akungopita pa mseu kukatolera za matumba mwao basi

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