Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) says it is in the process of identifying private garages and motor vehicle dealers to inspect vehicles for issuance of certificate of fitness (COF).
DRTSS director Jacques Manong’a said this in Blantyre on Sunday during Africa Road Safety Day commemoration.
He said the directorate cannot satisfy the ever increasing vehicle population.
“The population of vehicles is at about 250 000. It is, therefore, apparent that our capacity is limited,” said Manong’a, adding that outsourcing of vehicle inspection is part of DRTSS’s strategy to improve road safety.
He said he is aware of complaints and queries from individuals about the way the traffic department is regulating and instituting checks and balances in its line of work.
“The media has been awash with complaints of drivers failing aptitude tests, the strict measures to obtain driving licences and procedures that are being followed in the provision of other services. This is done for the greater good and safety of Malawians,” said Manong’a.
Meanwhile, the directorate has launched the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) for 2015-2020 that will act as a guide to how DRTSS should work in the coming five years.
This year’s commemoration was held under the theme: Passengers, Be Responsible For Your Safety On The Road. n