Overload! Court Sentences Minibus Driver to 6-Months in Prison for Exceeding Carrying Capacity

This happened in Malawi, not in Nigeria. If such action is taken in Nigeria, most commercial vehicle and tricycle (Keke) drivers will be in jail. Read this piece below:

Senior Resident Magistrate Anne Banda has convicted and sentenced a 30-year-old Blantyre based minibus driver to 6 six months in prison with hard labour for exceeding carrying capacity of passengers.

Chiko Chiwasa was arrested on Tuesday as he was driving along the Lali Lubani road with 16 passengers on board, instead of the recommended number of 12 passengers in minibus.

“The offence was contrary to regulation 14 as read with 167 (2) of road Traffic Act,” said the assistant public relations officer for Southern Region Police Headquarters, Peter Mchiza.

After being found guilty in court, Chiwasa begged for leniency saying he has family with kids that depend on him and also he looks after his old parents.

But senior resident magistrate Anne Banda said the convict deserved a hard punishment to serve as a lesson to other minibus drivers who have the tendency of exceeding the carrying capacity of passengers.

She then slapped him with 6-months in prison with hard labour or to pay K200.000 in default which he failed to pay.

Source: http://www.faceofmalawi.com/2017/07/court-sentences-minibus-driver-to-6-months-in-prison-for-exceeding-carrying-capacity

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. how can he carry 16 passengers instead of 12,this driver heartless ooo. but let them forgive him because of his family at home.

  2. Chukwurah chinwike Christopher

    He should face the LAW because he knew that all these will happened if caught and insisted to carry overload ……

    1. chisom Janefrances

      Imagine this is indeed a selfish n greedy act but they have mercy on him for the sake of his family

  3. Nwankwo onyinye grace

    Those people that entered suppose join him too… Can you imagine talk

  4. may be the passengers are blind and equally love to be packed like sardines

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