All commercial and goods carrying vehicles with gross weight of 3.5 tonnes and above are to be fitted with speed limiters as part of mechanisms to reduce growing road crashes in the country.
The move, according to Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah,
was in line with Regulation 135 of L.I 2180 (Road Traffic Regulation, 2012)
which mandates all such vehicles to have speed limiters.
Speaking at a meeting with road transport operators in Accra
yesterday, he explained that the Ministry would on Monday, April 1, issue directives
on the installation of the speed limiters.
The meeting comes on the back of two fatal accidents on the Techiman-Kintampo
and Winneba- Cape Coast highways last week which claimed more than 80 lives and
injured several others.
It offered the
opportunity for the ministry to engage road transport operators including the
Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Inter-City State Transport Company
(STC), VIP Jeon Company Limited, Royal VVIP Transport, cargo transport companies
and among others to discuss measures to address recent rise in road carnages.
Following the fitting of the speed limiters, the Minister stated
that the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service
would routinely stop vehicles to check for compliances.
Additionally, all commercial vehicles which run intercity
journeys, he said were expected to have two drivers to avoid the situation
where a single driver drives more than eight hours without observing the
mandatory 30 minutes rest period after every four hours.
“Driving is a difficult task and that’s why the Regulation
118 makes provision for intercity journey drivers to have a mandatory 30
minutes rest after four hours of driving. This is to allow the driver some time
to rest and refresh. Investigations in recent accidents revealed that the
drivers were sleeping while driving. We do not want this to happen again so we
are urging all transport operators to have at least two drivers’ onboard
intercity journeys to allow for continuous journeys,” Mr Asiamah added.
transport terminals across the country; he said must have safety officers, who
have gone through training from the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), to
conduct pre-departure checks on vehicles before leaving the terminals.
Commercial drivers, the Minister stated were required to
undergo refresher training prior to renewing or upgrading their licenses adding
that currently the West African Transport Academy have been established to
train drivers and mechanics mainly for the heavy-duty automobile industry.
Head of Operations, STC, Anane Frimpong, urged for continuous
education of drivers to change their driving behaviours, which mostly was the
cause of road accidents.
Mr Kwame Kuma, National Chairman of GPRTU, urged passengers
to communicate their concerns and opinions to drivers in a respectful manner so
that drivers would wilfully accept and address it.
Meanwhile, the NRSC has donated 10 Alcometer to test alcohol
levels of drivers, 10 speed guns to check speed limit and 2000 pieces of road
reflectors to the MTTD.
BY CLAUDE NYARKO ADAMS
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