About 18 vehicles were impounded yesterday for various traffic offences at a joint vehicle inspection by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service in Accra.
Some drivers of the vehicles were charged for court, others fined on the spot while others were asked to procure the needed roadworthy certification to enable them use their vehicles.
In all, more than 80 vehicles were stopped and checked for fire extinguishers, warning triangles, roadworthy stickers, reflectors and driving licenses with the team of inspectors identifying 48 defects on some of them.
It emerged that four drivers used fake licences; some others used fake roadworthy stickers, no fire extinguishers and warning triangles, broken lights, weak body parts among other things.
The unannounced inspection, which was carried out on the Sakumono-Tema beach road, is expected to be repeated at different locations across the country on weekly basis.
The National Coordinator for Compliance and Enforcement at DVLA, Mr. Joseph Clifford Obosu, told the media that the exercise was part of initiatives introduced by the DVLA to ensure compliance and enforcement of roadworthy regulations.
He said it also formed part of efforts by the authority to educate drivers on roadworthy certification and regulations to curb accidents.
He revealed that a total of 750 vehicles have been inspected in the past six weeks since the exercise began.
“Out of the number, we have issued 320 prohibitions for various defect while 20 drivers without licence have been charged for court, 23 of them were found with fake roadworthy stickers and 14 with expired driving licence,” he said.
According to him, most of the offences that were processed for court included fake registration, fake licences and fake roadworthy certificates.
That, he said, was primarily aimed at helping DVLA identify the source of such documents and to bring perpetuators to book, stressing that “there were lot of people in the system issuing fake documents for weak and faulty cars that need to check”.
In response to complaints by some drivers that the process for getting vehicle documents was cumbersome, Mr. Obosu said it was less stressful now since the authority assigned some of their work to the private companies.
He, however, advised drivers to be patient in getting the right documents and not to use dubious means in acquiring any of their certificates.
The head of Public Relations at DVLA, Mr. Kweku Darko-Aferi, said the authority was working on digitising their vehicle records to capture data of all drivers in the country.
He explained that when completed in October, the records would be made available to the MTTD to help them track all vehicles across the country.
By Charles Amankwa and Antoinette Deku