DEALING WITH PERENIAL INCREASED ROAD TRAFFIC CRASHES

The Board of Directors and Management members of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority(DVLA), National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) and representatives of the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) led by the newly appointed Director, ACP Patrick Edusei Sarpong, have held a meeting in Accra to find ways of dealing with the perennial increased road traffic crashes that are often associated with festive occasions.
The meeting underscored the important need to come up with a very powerful, thought- provoking and an all-encompassing campaign message that will awaken and provoke road user responsibility in the Ghanaian road user, as the yuletide approaches, and there is greater demand on the agencies to demonstrate a clear commitment and passion to rid the road transport system of unacceptable levels of crashes and their resultant fatalities.
The group decried the arbitrary manner in which drivers use lanes on the road, especially on the Accra-Tema motorway, and decided to take immediate steps to ameliorate the situation.
It also focused on the management of DP and DP Plates by DVLA and the MTTD and proposed a meeting between the management of the two bodies to iron out the differences to pave way for good patronage of the plates. The meeting discussed the Kantanka Vehicles assembled for sale by Apostle Kwadwo Sarfo as well as the introduction of the tricycle, especially in the northern part of the country, and concluded that a committee comprising officials of the DVLA and NRSC should meet immediately and present a report for review by the Boards of the two agencies. The group re-visited the action plan to install seatbelts in all vehicles and agreed that public education must be intensified to that effect.
In his concluding message, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NRSC, Mr Yaw Boateng Gyan stressed the need for a committee that would ensure the implementation of decisions taken at those meetings and pushed for the meeting to be held twice in a year as agreed at the first meeting held in 2014.
The Board and Management of the two sister organisations, DVLA and NRSC took a decision, last year, to meet twice a year to discuss issues that affect the Road Safety subsector of the Transport Industry and subsequently held the first meeting last year. This year, the meeting was expanded to include another important stakeholder, the MTTD, hence the involvement of the MTTD in the meeting that was held last week. The meeting was chaired by the Board Chairman of the DVLA, Brig Gen I B Quartey.


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