Govt Cautions Again on Driving Unregistered Vehicles

A fresh warning has gone out to individuals who continue using unregistered vehicles and driving motor vehicles without displaying registration number plates that they will face the law.

Last week, the Ministry of Transport and Public Works cautioned motorists on growing cases of using unregistered vehicles and driving motor vehicles without displaying number plates as it is against the Road Traffic Regulations.

Our investigation has, however, established otherwise as some, especially politicians, continue defying the warning, a thing  Homeland Security Ministry's Principal Secretary Kennedy Nkhoma, says will not be tolerated.

Speaking to Zodiak Online on Sunday, Nkhoma, while appealing to motorists to stop the malpractice, said the law will catch up with everyone found in the wrong.

"We cannot depart from what the law requires us to do. If the law requires all Malawians to drive on the roads of Malawi which are properly registered and they have number plates, that law stands. And it is in our view that the law has not separated anyone to have his or her vehicle registered.

"Therefore, institutions mandated to keep law and order on the road of Malawi especially, the police and department of traffic and safety services need to work jointly to clear away on the roads of Malawi," Nkhoma said.

Security expert Sherif Kaisi said registering vehicles and having number plates helps to identify motorists and vehicles in case of accidents or any mischief on the road.

Kaisi has since urged the police to engage an extra gear in arresting the regular offenders as this poses threat to the lives of road users and security of the country.

"It is an offence driving a vehicle without number plates. But of course there are some circumstances probably it could be vehicles of government officials sometimes are allowed to do that, more especially the intelligence and many other people which we cannot disclose here. But to the general public, you are not supposed to do that,” he said.

Police said they are arresting and fining perpetrators on daily basis.

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