411 killed in road accidents

Road accidents killed 411 people in the country between January and February this year, Mr David Adonten, the Director of Planning and Programmes at the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), has disclosed.

He told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview on the sidelines of a regional consultation meeting on the use of motorcycle and tricycle for commercial purposes, in Sunyani, that road safety regulations ought to be enforced to minimise accidents.

 The Ministry of Transport in collaboration with the NRSC, Police Motto Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) and the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA) organised the nationwide consultation meeting.

 It was attended by traditional authorities, civil society organisations and municipal and district assemblies.

 Mr Adonten said section 128 (1) of the Road Traffic Regulations, 2012, LI 2180, prohibits the use of tricycles and motorbikes for carrying fare paying passengers.

 He said the NRSC was worried that the practice had become common in the country, and causing nuisance on the road.

 Mr Adonten said this year, the country had recorded 108 accidents involving tricycles and motorbikes.

 Superintendent Alexander Kwaku Obeng, Director in-charge of Education, Research and Training at the MTTD headquarters, in Accra, said because of the economic value of tricycles, it was making it difficult for the police to prosecute the users.

–  GNA

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