The Northern Region’s first ever school of motorcycle riding school finally opened its doors on Monday, courtesy entrepreneur touched by rising number of motorcycle accidents in the city.
Located in Luwinga Township, the Charles Matapa School of Driving has come at a time Mzuzu City and surrounding districts have been flooded by motorcycles operating as taxis.
The population of motorcycle taxis has been on the rise since last year when businesspersons started investing in them to supplement the influx of bicycle taxis as the country grapples with huge youth unemployment.
Despite the boom, the motorcyclists have come under fire for increased road accidents since the majority of them lack basic knowledge of the highway code and how to ride the machines safely.
In an interview, Charles Matapa said: “I want to complement government efforts to reduce accidents on the roads of Malawi. In Mzuzu, we are experiencing needless road carnage as most people are driving motorcycles without requisite knowledge and licences.”
He said the demand looks promising as most riders remain unlicensed because there was no school in the region specialising in motorcycle riding.
In the absence of the riding school, they had to rely on demand-driven training sessions offered by the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services which also licences vehicle drivers.
Recently, Mzuzu police spokesperson Saulos Bwanali urged motorcycle drivers to undergo necessary training and acquire A licenses to curb accidents. n