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Overview of Vehicle Load Control Management in Malawi

Overloading of trucks is a major problem in many countries throughout the world and the continent of Africa and the Republic of Malawi in particular, are no exception. Uncontrolled and widespread overloading of trucks causes premature deterioration of the road network, negatively impacts on road safety and creates a distorted market for transport operators, consignors and consignees. Attempts to control overloading of trucks in Africa have, generally speaking, had limited success. In many countries effective overload control strategies have been developed over the years, but lack of implementation of these strategies is usually the problem. Constraints to implementation are often sustainable funding (particularly for operations and maintenance of weighing equipment) and human capacity.

The Malawi Road Traffic Directorate (RTD) is currently operating 5 fixed weighbridges at Balaka, Songwe, Mchinji, Mulanje and Mwanza, a 6th one will be fully operation soon at Lirangwe. The RTD also operates mobile weighbridges. With respect to the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM), the maximum permissible weight is 55,000 kg. The vehicle axle configuration has to be taken into account when determining the GVM which may vary from vehicle to vehicle, thus for tractor/horse unit plus trailer of 6-axle combination will have a maximum GVM of 50

Legal loads on vehicles in Malawi are specified in the Road Traffic Act (RTA, 1997) and Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use) Regulations (CEU Regulations, 2000). The review of the legal framework underpinning overload control in Malawi has shown that in general the regulations dealing with the control of loads on vehicles and with overloaded vehicles are comprehensive and adequately address this matter.

A positive aspect of the legal framework in Malawi is the decriminalisation of overload offences. These offences are addressed by way of an administrative system incorporating fees as provided for in the CEU Regulations.

Schedule Driving Licence Test

Note: You have to be enroled on MalTIS before applying to schedule a Driving Licence test. For instructions on how to enrol please click here: NATURAL PERSONS

CHECKLIST FOR SCHEDULING DRIVING LICENCE TEST. DO YOU HAVE?

  • Traffic Register Card - received when you enrol on MalTIS.
  • A valid learner licence that corresponds to the Vehicle Category you are scheduling a Driving Licence test for.
  • A minimum of 40 lessons in a minimum period of 28 days at a registered Driving School for first time applicants, And a minimum of 10 lessons in a minimum period of 14 days for any subsequent applications. - The Driving School must record the number of lessons completed on MalTIS.
  • Completed DRIVER LICENCE APPLICATION form.
  • A valid eye-test is required. This may be conducted at the DRTSS office or 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.
  • If you are disabled or over the age of 65, please bring along a MEDICAL CERTIFICATE completed by a Medical Practitioner, clearing you to drive.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. To avoid filling in forms in the queue, download and print the DRIVER LICENCE APPLICATION FORM and Medical Certificate form(if applicable) 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 or submit a Vision Certificate.
    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 test at an Optometrist you are not required to complete another eye test at the DRTSS. Note that a 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 at NBS Bank.
  1. Once payment is made, you may return to the DRTSS office with the stamped deposit slip.
  2. Go the Aptitude Examination Room where an examiner will schedule your test.

Driving Licence Test Day

CHECKLIST FOR TEST DAY. DO YOU HAVE?

  • Traffic Register Card - received when you enrol on MalTIS.
  • The paid and stamped deposit slip received when the application was made.
  • A roadworthy vehicle of the appropriate vehicle category that will be used during the Road Test.
  • Should you have difficulty seeing and require glasses or contact lenses please remember to bring them with.

TEST PROCESS

  1. Go to the Aptitude Examination Room at the DRTSS office where you have scheduled your Driving Licence test at. You should arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled test time.
  2. If all is in order, complete your Driving Licence aptitude test. Note that the test is computer based and the answers are selected using a touchscreen.
  3. If you pass the aptitude test, you will be allowed to proceed to the Road Test.
  4. If you pass the Road Test, a deposit slip will be printed, which indicates 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, and collect you Driving Licence card from the Document Issuing office.

NOTE – The Driving Licence is valid for 5 (FIVE) years unless you are over the age of 65 whereas it is only valid for 1 (one) year.

NOTE – Applicants that fail the Driving Licence aptitude test, will NOT be allowed to continue with the road test.

NOTE – Should you fail the Road Test, you will be able to reschedule both the Aptitude and Road Test following the same process.

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.