The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) is to re-activate its road sanity exercise by clearing illegal bill boards and outdoor advertising masts along streets across the country, beginning October 30.
Consequently, the Commission had begun issuing notices for relocation and removal of all bill boards that are unlawfully mounted within the Accra metropolis.
The exercise is being undertaken to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians.
The never ending battle between the commission and members of the public remained a puzzle as new billboards resurface, moments a demolishing takes place, particularly in Accra.
The NRSC is spearheading this initiative, together with other stakeholders including the police, the Ghana Highways Authority and the Department of Urban Roads.
About 30 billboards on the Airport-Spintex road stretch that did not meet standards were identified for relocation and removal.
Subsequently, all other roads where similar structures were erected would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
Non compliance would result in the enforcement of the law by removing and surcharging owners of the billboards.
Conducting the media round to observe the resurfacing of such structures dotted along some principal streets, Deputy Superintend of Police, (DSP) Alexander Kweku Obeng, Director of Research at the Motor Traffic and Transport Directorate, expressed concern at the sudden spring-up of illegal billboards.
ASP Obeng said the various assemblies should ensure that permits were not issued for mounting of adverts that posed danger to road users.
He said “As a law enforcement institution, the police would punish those whose action went contrary to the law”.
Making reference to the road regulations, he said Legislative Instrument (LI) 2180, Regulations 188 of the Ghana Highways Authority spelt out standard specification of all billboards.
Mr. Kwaku Solomon Ayeh, an engineer with the Ghana Highways Authority and chairman of the task force expressed similar sentiments, adding that “We are not only interested in specification but standards and safety”.
By Malik Sullemana