By Aliko Munde:
Government says it will soon introduce vehicle towing services in the country starting with cities before rolling out to district councils.
Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jacob Hara disclosed this on Wednesday at Mtangatanga Community Day Secondary School in Mzimba District.
Hara said that the towing services are aimed at reducing accidents which occur due to faulty and stationary vehicles along roads.
“Soon we are going to introduce vehicle towing services and this will be a paying service. We will start with cities and Plant Vehicle Hire and Engineering Services (PVHES) will be the service provider.
“Government will soon be purchasing the towing vehicles which will be allocated to Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu cities four cities of this country soon,” said Hara.
Hara then appealed to vehicle owners to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy at all times to avoid break down incidents on the way to their destinations.
“Let me advise communities to refrain from vandalizing or stealing road signs as the malpractice puts road users lives at risk,” he said.
An official from M’mbelwa District Council, Noel Mkandawire saluted the government for the initiative saying the move will reduce avoidable road accidents.
“Most accidents on our roads are attributed to stationary vehicles which stayed long on the roads before their towed away,” said Mkandawire.