Ministry Of Transport Holds Consultative Forum On Road Traffic Crashes

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The Ministry of Transport (MoT) in collaboration with stakeholders in the transport industry have held a one day consultative forum on road crashes which has become a major challenge for the transport industry.

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The forum also sort to review the road traffic Act, 2004 (Act 683) and Regulations 2012, Legislative Instrument (L.I) 2180.

In a welcome address, the minister for Transportation, Kwaku Ofori Asiama said, the time has come for the road ministry to regulate and inform all stakeholders to make genuine inputs into the proposed amendment in order to ensure a comprehensive legislation that could stand the test of time.

He also disclosed that the amendment of the road safety governance legislations was in conformity with international safety conventions as well as new social trends.

Mr. Asiama hinted, of the government’s plan of retooling the Police Service to enhance the enforcement of the road safety regulations to reduce to the barest minimum.

“Don’t let us give any discretion to anybody to cease Licenses and so we should challenge ourselves to produce a law that will enable the Police to check your license there and give it to you immediately,” he stressed.

Delivering a speech at the forum in Accra yesterday, the minister responsible for Transport, Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiama, disclosed that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) was piloting an electronic license verification system and therefore, the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service should have a similar system to help mitigate against the challenges caused by the current system.

Mr. Asiamah seized the opportunity to charge the DVLA and the Police Administration to work together to have an electronic system for immediate verification of Drivers and motorists’ Licenses whiles on the road.

For her part, Mrs. May Obiri Yeboah, Director General (DG) of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) said, the

amendment of the road safety legislations would help in addressing road safety management challenges.

Representing a major stakeholder of the transport industry at the forum, Mr. Kwesi Busia, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DVLA said the road transport sector played a critical role in the socio-economic development of every economy the world over with Ghana not an exception, again, the DVLA Boss, mentioned that, it was imperative to improve the overall road safety Management.

Adding their voices, some participants both present in person as well as via virtual, expressed their displeasure with the activities of some junior Police Officers at the rank of a Corporal seizing licenses from motorists, instead of Police Inspectors or above of the MTTD.

By Kingsley Asiedu

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