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Government yet to ban night buses

Written by  Andrew Ndhlovu


Passengers board a bus in Mangochi - Pic from the internet

Lilongwe, September 9, 2017: The Ministry of Transport and Public Works says it has finalized a review of the regulation that will set operation time for buses in the country.

Responding to the questionnaire from the Malawi News Agency on Friday, Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Transport and Public Works James Chakwera said the road Traffic Act that provides for the regulation of passenger bus services was not very clear.

“The regulation of operating time for the passenger buses does not indicate specific time. Therefore, it was necessary to review the regulations first in order to have a legal backing for the implementation,” Chakwera said.

He further said the Ministry has reviewed the regulations and submitted them to the Ministry of Justice.

“Once they are finalized and gazetted, the Ministry of Transport will go ahead with the implementation process,” Chakwera said.

He added that regulations will act as a guide to road safety measures because statistics reveal that many road accidents occur at night.

“Government thought it was appropriate to safeguard bus operations because they carry a lot of people at once,” he said  adding that practices of over speeding and overloading is frequent during night resulting in huge casualties accidents.

Commenting on the development, one of the bus drivers in Lilongwe Benson Matthews said it is a good idea as long as everything should be put in order.

“I think that will be good considering that sometimes we are pressurized by bus owners to make them more money. So we do operate abnormally like having two to three trips a day, which is dangerous for the safety of passengers,” Matthews said.

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