Road traffic dept. bites, raises fines

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Amid efforts to reduce continued road accidents, the Malawi Government through the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) has raised fines for different road traffic offenses.

The DRTSS has also increased fees for some of the services it offers.

Malawi roads gets tough,exceeding speed limit is at K50,000.

This is according to a statement by the road traffic management dated 27 October which says the revised fines will be effective next Monday on November 13.

The new penalties show that the DRTSS has set K30,000 as a fine for driving a vehicle without Certificate of Fitness (COF).

The fine was previously at from K10,000.

Drivers found driving a vehicle without a driver’s licence or professional driving permit will now be liable to a fine of K100,000 from K10, 000 whilst dangerous overtaking is now punishable by a fine of K50,000 from K10,000.

The fine for exceeding speed limit is at K50,000 from K5,000 while driving a vehicle that is not registered will fetch a penalty or fine of K50,000 from K10,000.

Drivers found driving under the influence of alcohol with above 0.1gramme/210mm breath will face a K200,000 fine or a three year jail and a one year ban from driving.

The department has not also spared drivers who threaten or suggest the use of violence against road traffic officers as anyone found guilty of this will be fined K200, 000.

The DRTSS said last week that the decision to hike penalty fees came about because of increase in cost of services and materials which it uses.

“On the other hand the continued increase in violations of road traffic laws has shown that the current fines and penalties are not deterrent enough hence the increase,” DRTSS said in a statement.

The Minibus Owners Association of Malawi has since condemned the adjustments saying the revised fines will only increase corruption among road traffic officers.

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34 Comments

  1. Galimoto lililonse linakama pita pa pit for C O F..izi zinakachepa koma mmalo mwake kalikiliki kugula ma C O F ndi ma officer achinyengo..tiziti kulikuluku sakudziwa zimenezi..

  2. Fines are not in use until parliament approves it,if the Road Traffic continues to use the laws now it means that they are violating the Constitution of Malawi.We can go to court and sue them.

  3. Thus can not be a preventive measure of road accidents, the traffic police must no be too cor ruptive, and our roads must be rehabilitated. not imposing on too much on road uses it will not make any change cause there will be a few that will be impounded on those fees from our traffic. Amangoti iwe dziombole wekha.

  4. Don’t you think those accidents are caused by the road conditions?Partly you must take the blame before you shift it to reckless driving.

  5. Tidzakumana pa mtengo wakachere ndi ziganizo zozuza Amalawizo.Kunamizila kuchepetsa ngozi ndi ma fine akupanga ngoziwo ndi anthu opanda licence okhaokha or opanda misonkho?Kungofuna kumabela anthu ndalama azitenga kuti?Ndie ku Road traffic adzaza magalimoto awanthu muwonjezele malo

  6. Uku ndikuletsa kukhala ndi galimoto,, kukweza fines it’s not the solution akuona ngati ndalama tikupeza mophweka,, find another means yopezera chuma not through this

  7. MAWA KUNO KU RSA KULI TAXIS (MIN BUS) OPERATOR STRIKE CHIFUKWA CHOTI A TRAFFIC AKINGOTCHAJAPO MOMWE AONELA. NDIYE KUNO SAMAIMVA NDI WAFAWAFA.
    ZIKACHOKA KUNO MALAWI KONZEKA WALANGIDWA MOKWANILA.

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