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The Highway Code

Zebra crossings. Give traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before you start to cross. Vehicles will need more time when the road is slippery. Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing. Remember that traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing. Keep looking both ways, and listening, in case a driver or rider has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped.

zebra controlled area”, in relation to a zebra crossing, means the area of the road in the vicinity of the crossing and lying on both sides of the crossing or only one side of the crossing, being an area the presence and limits of which are as shown in the diagrams in Part II of the Schedule, but there may be variation in the exact curvature or pattern of the zig-zag lines to suit the layout of or the character of the road so long as the general indication of the lines is not materially impaired,

“zebra crossing” means a pedestrian crossing, the limits of which are indicated by alternate black and white stripes of between 550 millimetres and 650 millimetres or otherwise in width and of not less than 2.5 metres or otherwise in length parallel to the side of the road, the presence and limits of which are as shown in the diagrams in Part II of the Schedule.

 

 

Minors (Person below 16 years)

Before any transaction can be initiated on MalTIS a person or organisation/company must be enroled. To register a minor (younger than 16 years) follow the instructions below. If you are over the age of 16 or want to register an organisation/company please follow one of these links: NATURAL PERSONS / BODY OF PERSONS.

CHECKLIST FOR ENROLMENT AS A MINOR. DO YOU HAVE?

  • Proof of identification:
    • ID Booklet – Malawian or Foreign
    • Birth Certificaten
    • Malawian- or Foreign Passport
    • Vehicle registration certificate (blue book) where you are the Title Holder and/or Owner of the vehicle
    • Certificate of Fitness disc where you are the Title Holder / Owner of the vehicle
    • Letter from traditional authority
    • Letter from educational body (Principal)
    • Letter from church
    • Letter from the Director
  • Completed APPLICATION FOR ENTITY ENROLMENT FORM
  • A proxy is required for the enrolment of a Minor. A proxy is a representative that can submit applications on behalf of the Minor. Your proxy must also be registered on MalTIS: NATURAL PERSONS

ENROLMENT PROCESS

  1. To avoid filling in forms in the queue, download the APPLICATION FOR ENTITY ENROLMENT FORM now and complete it before you arrive at the DRTSS office.
  2. Visit your nearest DRTSS OFFICE.
  3. Submit your application at the Person Applications counter.
  4. The personal particulars of the Minor will be recorded and supporting documents scanned.
  5. The Proxy/Proxies of the Minor must be enroled and be present during the application process for verification purposes.
  6. A deposit slip will be printed which will indicate the AMOUNT to be paid at the bank. No money is to be paid at the DRTSS office.
    1. Please verify that the deposit slip is correct and reflects your details as well as an accurate description of the transaction you wish to complete before making the required payment at NBS Bank.
  1. Once payment is made, you may return to the DRTSS office with the stamped deposit slip and collect your Traffic Register Certificate at the Document Issuing Office.
  2. Keep the Traffic Register Certificate in a safe place and present it when submitting applications at any DRTSS office.

Demonstrating to students things to do on Zebra Crossing

This Highway Code is primarily designed to help all road users be safe on the roads. It includes the rules and regulations on how we should use the roads as well as providing advice on making our journeys less stressful. Also, if all road users follow the rules and advice provided, it will help to reduce congestion and improve our environment. We are all road users - whether we are walking, riding in a jitney or driving a car – and need to be aware of, and follow, the rules that are there to help the whole community.

All adults, especially the parents of young children, should know about the contents of the ‘code’ even before they are aiming to become a driver, but learner drivers will need to study the contents in order to pass their driving test, obtain a licence; and then become a safe and considerate driver. The code includes all the information you will need to know about traffic rules and regulations, traffic signs, signals and road markings. It also provided guidance on maintaining your vehicle, what to do in the event of braking down or being involved in an accident and some useful advice on first aid. It also provides detailed guidance on how to go about passing your driving test - both the written knowledge part and the on-road practical test. I would like express my gratitude for the guidance and assistance provided by the InterAmerican Development Bank and the many other agencies that contributed to the production and printing of this valuable document. It is my sincere hope that you will always remember the information in the ‘code’ whenever you use our roads and I would like to take this opportunity to wish every learner driver success in their studies and a long lifetime of safe driving. I look forward to seeing your displays of safe driving on our streets. The roads are for us all, don’t be one of the minority who spoil it for the majority.

 

 

Professional Driving Permit (PrDP) renewal

A person can renew a Professional Driving Permit (PrDP) if your current PrDP is reaching its expiry date.

Remember that you have to be enroled on MalTIS before applying for a Professional Driving Permit renewal. For instructions on how to enrol please click here: NATURAL PERSONS

PRDP RENEWAL RULES:

  • Your PrDP may be renewed 3 months before the expiry date.
  • Failing to renew your PrDP before the expiry date may result in additional fees to be paid.
  • You will be required to pass an aptitude test.

CHECKLIST FOR PROFESSIONAL DRIVING PERMIT RENEWAL. DO YOU HAVE?

  • Traffic Register Card - received when you enrol on MalTIS.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • A valid PrDP.
  • Completed PROFESSIONAL DRIVING PERMIT APPLICATION form.
  • MEDICAL CERTIFICATE completed by a Medical Practitioner, clearing you to drive.
  • An eye-test might be conducted at the DRTSS office, should you have difficulty seeing and require glasses or contact lenses please remember to bring them with. Should you wish to visit your Optometrist instead, please let him/her complete an VISION CERTIFICATE to be verified by the DRTSS Staff administering the eye test.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. 1. To avoid filling in forms in the queue, download and print the PROFESSIONAL DRIVING PERMIT APPLICATION form and MEDICAL CERTIFICATE form now and complete it before you arrive at the DRTSS office.
  2. Visit your nearest DRTSS OFFICE.
  3. Go to the Eye Test Station to undergo an Eye Test.
    1. If you have already completed and passed an Eye Test at the DRTSS office within the past 6 (SIX) months, you will not be required to complete another Eye Test.
    2. If you have undergone an eye examination at an Optometrist you are not required to complete an Eye Test at the DRTSS. Note that an VISION CERTIFICATE must be submitted as proof of the examination.
  1. Submit your application at the Person Applications counter.
  2. A deposit slip will be printed which will indicate the AMOUNT to be paid at the bank. No money is to be paid at the DRTSS office.
    1. Please verify that the deposit slip is correct and reflects your details as well as an accurate description of the transaction you wish to complete before making the required payment.
  1. Once payment is made, you may return to the DRTSS office with the stamped deposit slip.
  2. Go to the Aptitude Examination room where an examiner will schedule your PrDP Aptitude Test.

About DRTSS

The Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) is a regulatory arm under the Ministry of Transport and Public Works. DRTSS is responsible for the regulation of the road transport industry through traffic law enforcement, development of polices, standards and practices; and provide civic education on road safety to all road users in order to ensure well-coordinated, efficient, reliable, sustainable and safe national road transport system.

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Contact infoOur Location and Phone Numbers

The Director,

Directorate of Road Traffic & Safety Services,

  P/Bag 257 Lilongwe

 Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  Tel: +265 1 756 138 ,

Cell; +265 995008482,

Toll Free; 4040.