National Road Safety commences road safety regulation exercise
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) in the Northern region has begun a weekly sensitization exercise on road traffic regulations among road users in the Tamale Metropolis.
The exercise is to educate drivers and riders on road regulations, check insurance covers, road worthy as well as over loading
It was also to clump down on minors abandoning academics for riding tricycles popularly known as “yellow yellow” or “Mahama Cambo” for commercial purposes and thereby causing accidents.
Statistics from the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) revealed that the region has recorded 80 accidents cases in the first quarter OF 2017 as compared to that of the first quarter in 2016 recording 57 cases of which out of the number 36 and 23 were motor accidents respectively.
Speaking in a interview with the B&FT, the Northern Regional Coordinator of NRSC Mr. Alexander Ayattah, said, the initiative is geared towards reducing high road accidents being recorded in the region thereby affecting lives and properties.
He noted that the after the massive education, the commission will embark on an operational exercise e from 1st May 2017 to apprehend drivers and riders without authorized licensed.
He added that the exercise will also involve the arresting and prosecuting of persons who flout the road traffic regulations and also those riding without helmet, minors riding, unregistered vehicles and tricycles which some are being used for indiscipline activities.
According to him, the exercise will be embarked in collaboration with the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service as well as the Driver and Vehicle License Authority (DVLA).
He stressed that although there has been series of education by the road safety commission of road traffic regulation in the Tamale Metropolis over the years in an effort to effect enforcement yielded no result due to chieftaincy and political interference.
“This time the law is going to work, everything has a time, it is not going to be business as usual and also not allow any political and chieftaincy interference. We will ensure the life of people are protected from the law breakers." Mr. Ayattah said.
Touching on the recent nuisance of tricycle used as commercial transport in the metropolis, He noted the commission will ensure that operators remove the side front seat which have been fixed by owners in order to carry more than the original number of three passengers to five.
Meanwhile section 128 of the road traffic regulations does not permit the commercial use of tricycles states that “the licensing authority shall not register a motorcycle or tricycle to carry a fare paying passenger."
He however explained that due to the volatile nature of the region, the commission will permit the commercial use of the cycle and ensure operators register and acquire license as the commission works for the amendment of the law.
Mr. Ayattah further expressed concern about some media personal who engage in activities that contradict the law saying the media has the responsibility to educate citizens on the dos and don’ts of the law.
“The media persons who are supposed to shape attitudes of citizens are the same people who violate the laws. You will see some of them riding without helmet, using unregistered motor bikes coming to interview me." he stated.
He therefore called on all media houses to join efforts to clean the city off irresponsible riding. He reiterated the commitment of the commission to sanitize the city to be accident free.