By Ireen Kayira – Mana.
Kanengo Police have advised motor bicycle taxi operators and bicycle taxi operators, popularly known as Kabazas, to exercise caution when handling customers as they can be used to commit crime.
Officer in Charge for Lingadzi Police Station Senior Superintendent Dan Sauteni said this during the meeting with the motor bikes and push bicycles taxi operators in Kauma, Lilongwe on Thursday.
He said most of the bicycle taxi operators are being used in committing crimes such that some of them are victims of theft-related issues.
“Some customers offer money beyond normal price, this is suspicious and you need to be more careful for it is a death trap. Most Kabaza operators have lost their lives for the love of money,” said Sauteni.
He also advised the bicycle taxi operators to strengthen the Know-Your-Customer initiative by informing friends of the customer they are ferrying for their own safety.
In his remarks, one of the bicycle taxi operators, Wisdom Chatuwa said it was important that the officers provided such piece of advice to the bicycle operators.
“We will exercise caution for our own safety and will take this message to our friends who did not make it to this place,” he said.
Traffic Police Inspector, Mwisho Mvula said those operating motorcycle taxis should understand the importance of insuring their motorcycles.
He advised them to follow road signs and go for proper riding lessons, and then have valid licences as well as register and insure their motorcycles.
However, he expressed concern that most of the motorcycles taxi operators take pillion passengers without helmets and also exceed the seating capacity, which he said is not acceptable.
The meeting was convened as one way of bridging the communication gap with the community where the bicycle and motorcycle operators operate from.
The meeting involved police officers, chiefs, bicycle taxi operators, faith organizations, paralegal and other nongovernmental organisations.