Lilongwe City Council (LCC) yesterday announced proposed by-laws for the capital city as one way of controlling road carnage and liquor trading, among others.
The by-laws are also expected to culminate into implementation of the Lilongwe City master plan approved in 2014.
Briefing journalists, LCC mayor Desmond Bikoko said it is high time the city regained its sanity. He, however, said the new by-laws will be effected after approval from Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
“On traffic, we would like to restrict heavy goods vehicles not to move in residential areas. All trucks which are 15 tonnes and above are not supposed to be driven in the residential areas,” he said.
The proposed by-laws intend to address wrong parking by charging K5 000 on spot fines.
The mayor said the council plans to construct parking spaces as one way of increasing the city’s parking space.
The new traffic by-laws will also restrict Kabaza operators in the city and garages operating in residential areas will only do so if they obtain a licence from the council.
On liquor, the by-laws restrict alcohol business to people with licences and traders shall not sell liquor to persons below the age of 18. The traders shall be expected to maintain hygiene and security of customers.
The city has also classified liquor selling licenses in which some will only be allowed to sell beer from 7am to 6pm while others are allowed to operate 24 hours. n