The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) chairman of sofoline Terminal in the kwadaso Municipality of the Ashanti region has Outlined steps to reduced Road accidents drastically in the Country.
Mr Albert Boamah has blamed the major institution incharge of both Transport and roads.
According g to him, DVLA the driver vehicle License Authority is one of the regulatory agency in the country when its comes vehicle and transport service but due to their level which he described as recalcitrant services has led to the consistent accident in the country.
Speaking in a media interaction he reaveald that without the usage of the road Traffic regulations in provision of service then we continue to loose alot of lives of innocent individuals.
He revealed that most of the accident occurring on our road is mostly caused by human error
DVLA is the cause of recalcitrant drivers because they have creat Loopholes for anyone who is not even qualified to drive is using the road.
Incase of upgrading of drivers License The LI 2180 2012 regulation 31 sub regulation 4 clause 2b says
Evidence of a valid commercial driving permit.
Evidence of membership driving permit from a recognize transport organization.
Regulation 8 clause B says, A driver must show evidence of having attended a registered Training programs organized by a certified driver Training institution.
He lamented that due to lack of checks of these documents by the DVLA has totally paved way for everyone to drive on the road which is not right.
Provision of commercial vehicle permit.
Regulation 123, indicates that a commercial driver must have in addition a commercial vehicle permit but today anybody can just wakeup to begun driving as a commercial driver because there’s no body checking them and such drivers are mostly the ones killing innocent people.
Regulations 135 sub regulation 2 infringes on commercial drivers who goes to long distance without carrying log book along.
Because is by the log book that you can indicate the time the driver set off from the destination to where he’s heading to.
The 188 says no driver should drive for more than 4hours or period amounting in the aggregate to more than 8hours in a period of 24hrs.
But lack of the log book has paved way for drivers to drive more than 16hrs on the road which constitute to accident due to stress and lack of sleeping on time.
Mr Boahma says because of these Loopholes created by DVLA, it has produced quantity drivers instead of Quality drivers, cocaine drivers, drunk drivers and also anyone who ain’t qualified to drive on the road.
Adding that Mr Albert says the transport operators are one of the people who causes Accidents.
He said the unaccredited transport unions have abandoned the core mandate of commercial transport services
He said they dont train their drivers every year which should have to be done due to the Li 2180 2012.
Driving without License
Under age drivers (driving commercial vehicle below 25yrs of age)
Usage of unauthorized Lamps
Shattered windscreen etc
If these Loopholes are sealed consistent accident will clampdown
ROADS & HIGHWAYS AUTHORITY
In the road traffic Act 1997 of Act 540, the road and Highway is incharge of the provision and Management of road Infrastructure.
The highway Authority is also part of the institution that have paved way for accidents in the country because they have refused to fix challenges on the road such as speed ramps, speed humps, and unauthorized speed ramps by residents which regulation 114 sub regulation 2 frowns on it.
He charged the IGP to look into the process of the DVLA when providing their services to drivers.
He said their Services is against the Law of the road traffic regulations.
Lack of consistent construction of road markins.
Fixing of broken traffic system and road signs.
Mr Boamah emphasized that if we want to reduce accident we must used the LI 2180 in executing the appropriate measures.
Government must also provide logistics for the institutions so that they can work to reduce accident.
Such as HIGHWAY, DVLA , POLICE & ROADSAFETY.
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