22% of road accidents caused by abandoned vehicles
About 22 percent of road accidents in the country are caused by broken down and abandoned vehicles on the roads, Road safety Management Services Limited (RSMSL), has said.
“Research shows that most of the accidents that are recorded in this country are as a result of broken down and abandoned vehicles that are left unattended to on our highways,” said Ing. Kwadwo Osei, Director of Operations at the RSMSL.
Ing. Osei was speaking in Accra, at the launch of the deployment of tow trucks for a National Towing Pilot Project by the RSMSL, aimed at using modern towing trucks to clear broken down and abandoned vehicles on major highways in the capital and Ashanti Region.
“As part of the National Road Safety Management project, which aims at removing broken down and abandoned vehicles on our highways, we have brought in these state-of-the-art towing trucks and we are working at rolling them out come May this year.
However, today we are launching the pilot project and we are looking at positioning the towing trucks along the Tema motorway roundabout through to the adjourning routes, as well as the Tetteh Quarshie roundabout,” he noted.
The pilot, which will run throughout the month of April, will see 14 towing trucks deployed along major highways in Accra, and along the Suhum road to the Ashanti Region. The deployment will also cover areas like the Mallam - Kasoa road as well as the Amasaman stretch.
The project is a collaboration between the National Road Safety Commission (NSRC), the Police Service, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), and the RSMSL.
When fully launched in May, the project will also deploy ambulances equipped with paramedics and some basic first aid equipment to attend to injured people. There will also be motorbikes to patrol the highways to ensure that roads are safe at all times.
“This will not only help in reducing accidents, but it will also provide timely support to victims,” the engineer added.
In terms of charges for the service, he explained that it will depend on the category of vehicle, adding that before the final launch, there will be a comprehensive public education campaign to be championed by the NRSC.
“There will be a comprehensive public education campaign to be championed by the (NRSC) and vehicle owners will be charged depending on the category of their vehicle. Whether it is for private use or commercial, and the capacity of the vehicle. Our partners will be providing all the details before the final launch,” he explained.