The Malawi Police Service (MPS) wishes to remind all road users, Passengers, Pedestrians, and Drivers, to take full responsibility in following road safety rules and regulations to reduce the occurrence of road accidents on Malawi roads.
According to the statement released by the National Police Public Relations Officer Senior Superintendent James Kadadzera indicates that one factor causing unnecessary road accidents, has been observed, is the use of goods or open vehicles, like Pickups, Lorries, Trucks to ferry passengers from one destination to another.
“In the advent of an accident, fatality increases because the passengers are unsecured. This is common in ‘Matola’, sports trips, weddings and even funerals”, read part of the statement.
Passengers are therefore reminded by police to use Passenger vehicles, minibuses or buses in such occasions for your own safety.
“The Police are also reminding drivers, to protect the lives of their passengers by ferrying them in road worthy passenger vehicles and not in goods vehicles”.
Kadadzera further said that in a situation where a goods only vehicle is still to be used to ferry people, a special permit should first be sought from the Road Traffic Directorate and not from the Police.
The Police wishes to sternly warn drivers that if found on the wrong side of the law they will be duly charged with Endangering lives of people which is contrary to Section 237 sub section (e) of the penal code.
Meanwhile Police would like all road users to join hands with the law enforcers by abiding to all road traffic rules and regulations so that together we may reduce road accidents in the country.