Eight Drivers Arrested, Four Cars Impounded In Operations

DSP Alexander Obeng(second right) of Motor Traffic and Transport Department,MTTU,checking a licence of a trotro driver at Ashiaman,during the operation.Photo.Ebo GormanEight drivers were arrested and four cars impounded at a joint vehicle inspection by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), the Motor Transport and Traffic Department of the Ghana Police Service (MTTD) and the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) in the Greater Accra Region on Friday.

The drivers are currently in police custody for committing various offences including using fake licenses for driving, worn out tyres, under weight licenses and expired road worthy certificates.

Three of the drivers were tested drunk by the team and all would soon be processed before court whilst the four impounded cars are parked at the MTTU offices at the catchment areas where they were impounded.

The unannounced inspection was carried out at the Ashaiman Lorry Park, the Kaneshie-Takoradi Station, Neoplan Lorry Park and the Kinbu Lorry Station in the region.

Briefing the media in Accra after the inspection, the director of education, training and research at the MTTD, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alexander Kweku Obeng said the operation was strategically carried out on the eve of the Easter festivity to drastically reduce or ultimately prevent accidents during and before the occasion.

He said the inspection, which was a regular routine, was also intended to educate road users on road traffic regulations and ensure that drivers and passengers adhere to them before, during and after the Easter festivities.

“We wish to remind drivers of their core responsibility to adhere to road safety regulations and also keep them aware of the dangers of reckless driving as we approach the Easter festivity” he said.

According to DSP Obeng, personnel of the transport security agencies are fully on guard at their various stations across the country to ensure that drivers who ply the roads of the country do so with high sense of professionalism.

The Director of Vehicle Inspection and Regulation of the DVLA, Alhaji Iddrisu Fuseni said measures were already in place to ensure that roadworthy vehicles were used for commercial purposes.

He said his outfit would continue to provide certificates for only qualified drivers and vehicles, and would not countenance outdated and unhealthy vehicles that find themselves in the country. By Charles Amankwa                    


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