Traffic lights in Mzuzu City have not been functional for close to a year.
Rodrick Patrick Chione, a taxi driver, said there is zero tolerance for drivers on the road; hence, the absence of traffic lights is putting motorists at risk.
“Almost everyone wants to go first as there is nothing to control the traffic. Some vehicles have ended up colliding and cyclists too, are at risk,” he said.
Mzuzu City Council spokesperson MaCdonald Gondwe said most motorists do not report when they hit street poles, leaving the council with maintenance responsibility.
“We are doing everything possible to restore order in the management of these lights so that we prevent road accidents,” he said.
Gondwe further said for the past four months, the council has carried maintenance works to ensure all traffic and street lights are functional.
“Traffic lights are an automated way of controlling the traffic, therefore, the city council will see to it that traffic is well managed,” he said.
Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services officer for the North Leonard Mtonya said traffic lights besides helping to prevent accidents, they also ease congestion.
“Traffic lights give a fair share to road users, especially at intersections where there is always congestion of road users,” he said.