Local transporters have asked Malawi Government through the Ministry of Transport to consider a waiver on spare parts and equipment so that they compete favourably with their counterparts in the region.
Road Traffic Operators Association (RTOA) president Abdul Lambat said the plea was made at the association’s general meeting in Blantyre on Saturday.
Lambat said there are aged trucks on the roads of Malawi because local transporters cannot afford new ones due to high interest and duty rates.
“The ever rising price of fuel, spare parts, tyres and heavy taxes and high interest rates are hurting transporters,” said Lambat.
RTOA acting executive director Chrissie Flao, presenting the association’s report, said the recent civil servants strike has contributed to delays by government to pay members of the association their dues.
Government went into contract with the association to transport 19 000 metric tonnes of fertiliser under the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp).