Two caught with fake roadworthy stickers

Many commercial vehicle drivers were last Saturday arrested for operating with fake ‘roadworthy stickers’ in the Accra metropolis.

The arrest became necessary following the introduction of the electronic roadworthy sticker to deal with “goromen” who fake stickers by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).

The authencity of the new electronic stickers read and   validated by a ‘two dimensional code scanner’ is meant to deal with drivers who fail to acquire them through the right procedure.

Briefing the media in Accra yesterday, the Operations Officer of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Assistant Superintendent (ASP) Sulemana Sulley, disclosed that the police detected the fraud while conducting their routine checks of vehicles at the Accra Central Business District last Saturday.

He said the drivers (names withheld) after their arrest, led the police to where they acquired the stickers, and two men alleged to be behind the fake stickers were also arrested.

“After several checks of the electronic roadworthy stickers, many vehicles were found with genuine ones, while the information on the stickers of the arrested vehicles, did not tally with the information of the scanner,” he emphasised.

He said details on the sticker such as the vehicle number, make, model, colour and its purpose were found to be fake.

ASP Sulley said the whole process was a mafia game and the police was investigating further, to get to its roots.

The Chief Executive Officer of the DVLA, Mr. Rudolph Beckley, announced that some unscrupulous persons had started faking the electronic roadworthy sticker and urged drivers and the public to be wary of them.

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