Transport Ministry Lobbies for Reduced Driving Fees
Ministry of Transport says it has engaged driving schools in the country to reduce training fees so that a lot of motorcycle taxi operators popularly known as Kabaza should have driving licenses.
The ministry’s spokesperson, Andrew Nthiko, has told Zodiak Online on Saturday that motorcycle taxi operators will not have any excuse for failure to have licenses when operating on the roads.
Nthiko says the ministry had an interface with some driving schools since most motorcycle tax operators were complaining about exorbitant fees.
"The move has seen a rise in number of registered motorcycles in some areas in the country and there is overwhelming response," said Nthiko.
He adds that a lot of motorcycle operators are now adhering to safety measures when using the country’s roads.
However, Nthiko did not disclose the number of motorcycle tax operators trained on safety measures, a plan which was hatched some months ago.
Ishmael Wedi, a Kabaza taxi operator in Ntandire in Lilongwe, has hailed the move by government, saying it will help many operators to obtain driving licenses.
In March this year, government announced plans to roll out a program to train motorcycle taxi operators popularly known as Kabaza at a reduced fee following a surge in accidents.