Tough traffic laws have started being imposed on road users as the Senior Resident Magistrate’s court sitting in Lilongwe on Wednesday convicted and sentenced a 30 year old man, Julius Pofera to K480,000 fine or in default serve 21 months in jail for driving unroad worthy vehicle without a drivers licence.
The court heard that the convict of Area 36 depot was driving a minibus registration number KU 4203 when he was stopped by a traffic officer responsible for Lilongwe Urban, Superintendent George Botso.
Police Prosecutor Inspector Bartholomew Adzaonenji told the court that the traffic officer found that the minibus had exceeded its capacity as it had 20 passengers.
“When asked to produce his drivers licence, the accused failed to do so, prompting the officer to thoroughly check the vehicle for road service permit, insurance and certificate of fitness of which none were found on the vehicle,” said Adzaonenji.
The accused, however was subsequently charged with four counts; driving a motor vehicle without a drivers licence, driving a vehicle without an insurance and driving a vehicle without a certificate of fitness.
In his submission, Adzaonenji asked the court to hand out a stiffer sentence as the accused was incompetent hence a danger to the people he was carrying.
Pofera, in his mitigation pleaded for leniency as he was a first offender and had family obligations.
Passing sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Shyleen Yona concurred with the state arguing that the accused deserved harsh penalty as a measure to curb increasing road accidents and deter other would-be offenders.
Yona went on slapping the convict with a K480,000 fine or a 21month jail term in default.
Pofera hails from Zuze Village in the area of Traditional Authority Tambala in Dedza District.