The Ministry of Transport will soon introduce an electronic scanning device at the country’s ports to assist in identifying and preventing the importation of sub-standard tyres into the country.
The device known as “Shearographer,” when installed will scan and clear at least 20, 000 tyres a day at the ports.
Madam Dzifa Aku Attivor, Minister of Transport, disclosed these in a speech read on her behalf, at the Final Consultative Forum on “Enforcement of standards on vehicle tyres”, held in Accra.
The event, which was organised by the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), was to conclude discussions on the implementation of Regulation 62 (Vehicle Tyres) of Road Traffic Regulation 2012, LI 2180.
Madam Attivor said a joint technical team, comprising representatives from NRSC, Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), and other stakeholders would soon formulate a plan for the use of the electronic scanners at the ports.
“The ministry will work with NRSC and all the other stakeholders to come out with a workable solution to stop the importation of sub-standard tyres”, she said.
Madam Attivor charged CEPS to put in place measures at the ports to inspect tyres coming from abroad as it was done in Europe, Kenya and South Africa to prevent bad tyres from entering the country.
She stressed that the enforcement of the road traffic regulations was not meant to throw any particular group of people out of business or cloud out the private businesses, but to ensure the safety of all road users, especially drivers and passengers.
Mr. David Osafo Adonteng, Director of Planning and Programmes at NRSC, announced that 75 per cent of tyres imported into the country, were used tyres, which presupposes that three out of every four tyres sold in the country were used tyres.
“The use of second-hand tyres in Ghana increases the risk of accident occurrence by 30 per cent,” he said, adding that such tyres also reduce braking capabilities of vehicles and motorists driving on used tyres were more likely to be the party at faults in accidents.
Mr. Adonteng said the probability of accident occurrence with used tyres in wet conditions was very high.
Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, Executive Director at NRSC, called for support from CEPS, Ghana Standards Authority, DVLA and MTTD to enforce the road traffic regulation with regard to the quality of tyres.
She also urged automobile and tyre dealers as well as tyre importers to comply with the law, and ensure that tyre the importation of good tyres.
Mrs. Obiri-Yeboah disclosed that the final consultative forum, which had begun in Accra, would be extended to other regions.
He said that, all concerns from participants at the various forums would be formalised into a report, which would lead to the banning of the importation and use of sub-standard tyres in the country.
By Joseph Edu Archison