2022: Ghana likely to witness more accidents- GPRTU Chairman reveals
Mr Albert Boamah, Chairman of the Kumasi Sofoline Branch of the Ghana Private Traffic Transport Union (GPRTU), is concerned that Ghana could have more road accidents and fatalities in the year 2022.
According to a report by the National Road Safety Authority, there were 2,100 deaths from January to September 2021, up from 2,080 in December 2020.
In comparison to 2020 and prior years, the total number of traffic accidents and deaths in 2021 increased.
Mr Albert Boamah criticised the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority Authority (DVLA) for not demanding learning certificates from drivers before granting and renewing their licenses for them on the Road Safety Campaign Show hosted by Osei Kwadwo on social media.
According to him, under the road traffic regulations act, a driver’s license can only be renewed or upgraded if the motorist has completed two years of training and acquired a certificate.
“Since DVLA authorities are not enforcing that law, it is difficult for drivers especially commercial drivers to join driving training to learn road safety regulations because whether they join the training or not, DVLA will renew or upgrade their license for them without demanding the certificate”.
“I don’t know who advised the Inspector General of Police Dr Akuffo Dampare to remove police officers from our major roads”
“The absence of Police officers on our roads will give some recalcitrant drivers to misbehave on the road which can lead to more accidents and deaths.”
“In my own view, I think Dr Akuffo Dampare should tell his men to enforce the road safety regulations act when they are on the road and stop accepting bribes from drivers than removing them from roads”, he concluded.