The Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service has announced that its “on the spot fine” regulation is in full force and anyone found culpable of breaking traffic regulations, will be dealt with.
The “on the spot fine” measure, proposed and passed in 2004, is aimed at getting drivers who commit traffic offenses pay a spot fine as punishment instead of going to court.
DSP Alexander Kwaku Obeng, Officer in Charge of Education and Research told the Super Morning Show on Joy FM Thursday that the rationale behind the introduction of ‘spot fine’ lies in the road law.
The law, he said, looks at finding solutions to road incidents such as road-traffic crashes that are preventable and “its associated needless deaths that are occurring.”
DSP Obeng noted that 38 offenses have been identified for ‘spot fines’. They include: Refusal to renew road worthiness, refusal to renew driver’s license, refusal to wear seat belts, driving motorcycles without crash helmets, and driving on the shoulders of the road.
“These are basic offenses every driver is not supposed to [commit] because it is part of the ethics of driving but because of urbanization and sheer indiscipline among drivers, they continue to expose other Ghanaians to danger on daily basis,” he said.
According to him, the law allows that, the Police do not necessarily have to go the courts to worry the premiere justice system and load it with cases, “but rather deal with it as quickly as possible in order to” deter others.
He revealed that, Regulation 157 of the law states that first traffic offense found under the ‘spot fine’ regime comes with five penalty units. For each of the penalty units, offenders shall pay a fine of GHc12. This means that first time offenders will pay not more than GHc60 – from GHc1 to GHc59).
The penalties apply to first, second and third offenses but for a fourth offense, ten penalty units are charged. For sixth offense and above, ‘spot fines’ are not applied. The matter is sent to court where the court may revoke offender’s license.
DSP Obeng said there will be designated offices to collect all ‘spot fines’ and the police will keep a comprehensive record of all monies collected.