Government tells off transporters; ‘Adhere to 60% carrying capacity or go to hell!’

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Chaola Mdooko warns that failure to adhere to measures announced will attract a fine of K100, 000.00 and operator licences could be revoked. 

LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) –Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services in the ministry of Transport and Public Works has maintained that passenger capacity on commuter vehicles is at 60 percent in efforts to decelerate the spread of Covid-19.

This comes hot on the heels of a service delivery boycott by drivers of commuter vehicles in all the cities and some districts yesterday.

The boycotts were called-off on the basis that government had conceded to allowing operators take on board normal passenger capacity. Government says this is inaccurate.

In a statement issued Tuesday evening, deputy Transport minister, Mrs Nancy Chaola Mdooko warns that failure to adhere to measures announced will attract a fine of K100, 000.00 and operator licences could be revoked.

Meanwhile, passenger capacity for buses, minibuses and taxis remains reduced to 60 percent, tricycle to carry a maximum one passenger and goods vehicles shall carry the driver and one passenger in front seat.

The deputy minister says law enforcement will remove any excess passengers. She says drivers, assistants and passengers shall be expected to wear face masks fully covering the nose and mouth at all times.

Chaola Mdooko warns that failure to adhere to measures announced will attract a fine of K100, 000.00 and operator licences could be revoked.

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