The Ghana National Bureau of the ECOWAS Brown Card Insurance Scheme, the organisation responsible for coordinating the activities of the ECOWAS Brown Card Insurance Scheme in Ghana, has held a one-day training workshop for over 50 Police MTTU officials in the Akatsi District Assembly Hall.
They were taken through the features of the new secured Ecowas Brown Card, claims procedures and the role of the police in the implementation of the scheme.
The CEO/General Secretary of the Ghana National Bureau of the scheme, Mr. Gabriel Glover, in his opening statement said: ‘The Bureau recognizes the role of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit of Ghana Police Service as a partner of the scheme in safeguarding our citizens and promoting trade in the sub-region’.
Mr. Gabriel Glover stressed that the law enforcement agencies such as the Police, Customs and Immigration personnel should have an in-depth knowledge of the operations of the scheme to enable them effectively handle ECOWAS Brown card cases at our exit and entry points.
‘According to the Road Traffic Act, 2004 (Act 683), a person who issues or tenders a certificate of insurance which is false, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding 250 penalty units or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 12 months or both,’ the CEO/General Secretary quoted.
Mr Glover disclosed that the new card was launched in Cotonou, Benin, on 12th October 2011 during the 28th Ordinary session of the Council of Bureaux of the ECOWAS Brown Card Insurance Scheme.
He noted that the New Secured Brown Card has improved security features embedded in it which are not visible but can be seen only by those inspecting the card using sophisticated gadgets to verify if the card is fake or not.
The new card is only one single leaflet with ‘significant security features that cannot be seen by the naked eye.’
The ECOWAS Brown-card Insurance Scheme was established following the endorsement of the 1982 Protocol to enhance the inter-states transports by the Head of Governments of the Economic Community of West African States. The Protocol as amended aims at facilitating free movement for the citizens of member states and guaranteeing fair and prompt compensation for damages suffered by victims of road accidents involving international roads users.