About 400 police personnel nationwide from the Motor Traffic and Transport Division (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service will be trained by the National Insurance Commission (NIC) in the use of a new device for checking fake stickers.
As part of the training, 80 personnel from the Accra and Tema Unit of the MTTD started training last week in Accra. These personnel are expected to conduct random checks on our roads to ensure that vehicles have valid Motor Insurance that has been captured in the NIC’s database.
The Director General of the MTTD – Commission of Police, Beatrice Vib-Sanziri, said at the launch of the training that this programme is for 80 selected personnel of MTTD within Accra and Tema, which they intend extending to about 400 personnel nationwide. And these officers are intended to train others in their various jurisdictions on enforcing road laws.
“Aside from the training, the National Insurance Commission has also promised to donate hand-held devices to the Police Department to enable personnel scientifically determine insurance stickers which are fake.
“I assure the NIC that the hand-held devices will be put in good use in order to achieve the objective of this project,” COP Beatrice Vib-Sanziri said.
She advised vehicle owners that it is important to exercise due diligence in purchasing insurance stickers. “As much as possible, desist from buying them from wayside vendors; because it now possible to check the authenticity of insurance stickers by dialling a short code (*920*57#) which will be made available to the public through public education and sensitisation,” the COP indicated.
Justice Yaw Ofori, Commissioner of Insurance-NIC, on his part said the new Motor Insurance Database (MID) technology will enable verification using Unique Quick Response (QR) codes as well as USSD codes on genuinely insured vehicles or ones plotted to be sold.
According to him, it is crucial to implement digitisation for advancing financial inclusion in Ghana, as it is one of the surest ways to fill the loopholes in the insurance sector.
“Implementing the MID involves the application of contemporary technology to revolutionise the practice of insurance in order to block leakages in our systems, and also to protect the citizenry,” he emphasised.
He said the Commission will continue to collaborate with the police and agencies like the Drivers and Vehicle Licencing Authority in enforcing a successful Motor Insurance Database.