The Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has embarked on an exercise to rid Ghana’s roads of all rickety vehicles to minimise road crashes and guarantee the safety and comfort of passengers.
Since January this year, more than 600 of such vehicles have been impounded and prohibited from using any road.
Mr Abraham Tetteh, Acting Greater Accra Regional Manager of DVLA, who made this known in an interview with Ghana News Agency in Accra on Wednesday, said the taskforce in charge of the exercise conducts checks on the general body of vehicles, seats, electrical faults, tyres, exhaust emissions and fake documentation.
The taskforce comprise personnel from the DVLA and Motor Traffic and Transport Unit of Ghana Police Service.
“We can’t take off all rickety vehicles at once but we will manage to deal with the menace gradually till we get there,” he said.
Mr Tetteh said the DVLA has ordered every transport station to appoint a Safety Officer to conduct checks on their vehicles every morning to ensure that they are in good shape.
He said the officers would be held responsible if any station vehicle is arrested by the taskforce or gets involved in an accident.
Mr Tetteh appealed to passengers to comply with the taskforce when their vehicles are stopped for checks.