Motorists will no longer have to queue at the Department of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) for vehicle inspection for issuance of certificate of fitness (CoF) as the directorate will offload this function to private garages and dealers in November.
In October 2014, DRTSS invited expressions of interest from private garages and motor vehicle dealers to participate in the programme and that the successful garages will be granted a five-year licence with subsequent renewals for a two-year period.
DRTSS spokesperson Chisomo Chibwana said on Monday this is part of the ongoing reforms to improve service delivery, apart from the Malawi Traffic Information System (MalTIS) which rolled out this year.
“The benefits that will be derived include efficiency in vehicle inspection since the process will be done using the right and recommended equipment and the DRTSS will be inspecting the garages on a regular basis,” she said.
The provision to outsource private garages is provided in the Road Traffic Act 1997, according to the DRTSS.