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Government admits lapses in road traffic enforcement

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The Malawi Government has admitted failure by traffic laws enforcement agents in policing users on the country’s roads.

The government has since urged all relevant stakeholders in the country to start being proactive in collaborating their efforts in order to help reduce road accidents.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology Malison Ndau made the remarks in Mangochi on Sunday during the commemoration of the African Road Safety Day which the African Union set aside in 2012 to remember victims of road accidents.

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While not entirely blaming traffic officers, Ndau said the police and some officials from the Department of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) are leaving a lot to be desired regarding the enforcement of laws on the roads of Malawi, which he said is contributing to the increase in road accidents.

The minister called on the law enforcers to improve their work by making sure that only vehicles that are roadworthy are on the roads of Malawi.

“It is also important to ensure those motorists are observing vehicle carrying capacities so that vehicles do not exceed their capacity. On our part as government, we are trying to improve the status of roads in the country so that we can help in making the roads safe for users,” Ndau said.

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During the same event, DRTSS launched a new uniform for its members of staff as one way of reducing cases of corruption at the department’s offices.

Ndau also presided over the launch of a new website for the DRTSS which, he said, would help reduce congestion as well as time which people spend when accessing various services.

DRTSS Director Jacques Manong’a said the department is concerned with an increase in road accidents that involve motor vehicles carrying unauthorised passengers as compared to other countries in Africa.

“In most cases, these vehicles found themselves in this situation due to speeding. Unfortunately, most people that die during these accidents are those in the age category of 18 and 44 years, which is the productive age group for this country’s social economic development,” Manong’a said.

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