The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) has managed to remove unapproved lamps from a total of 1, 418 vehicles across the country.
The operation was done in the course of last week in collaboration with the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).
This follows a coordinated enforcement action to improve night driving by enforcing Regulations 65 of the Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (L.I. 2180).
Out of the 1, 418 vehicles accosted during the exercise, 900 vehicles were registered as commercial vehicles, 99 as institutional vehicles, and 393 as private vehicles.
Trucks and trailers led the pack of offending vehicles with 602 representing, 42.4% followed by 263 mini-buses, 179 motorcycles/tricycles, 164 saloon cars and 106 pick-ups representing 18.5%, 12.6% and 11.5% and 7.4% respectively.
The top six regions for the abuse of Regulation 65 were Greater Accra (223), Bono (182), Bono East (121) Upper East(146), Oti(112) and Western(107) regions.
These regions account for 63.3% of all offending vehicles impounded during the first week of the exercise.
Head of Regulations, Inspections & Compliance at the NRSA, Kwame Koduah Atuahene expressed satisfaction on the progress made and the support from MTTD and DVLA.
“We are taking one step at a time to improve upon the current road safety situation. Removing killer lamps from 1,418 vehicles means that we have potentially prevented 1418 crashes at night”, he said.
To that end, he said ‘”we expect vehicle owners and drivers to voluntarily comply with these standards or regulations while the amnesty from prosecution is still open.”
From next week, he said we shall kick in prosecution of offending drivers while the Authority considers an imposition of administrative penalties against organizations that fail to ensure that their vehicles comply with Regulation 65 of L.I. 2180’ ”
The Authority has since September this year been educating the public on the requirements of Regulation 65 and the dangers associated with using excess lamps or wrong placement of lamps on our vehicles.
They blind other road users and expose them to the risk of crashes at night.
The penalty for using unprescribed lamps or killer lamps is a fine of up to six hundred Ghana cedis and imprisonment of up to three months or both against the offending driver.
However, in the case of vehicles registered by institutions or permitted for use by institutions without complying with Regulation 65 of the Road Traffic Regulations, the Authority may exercise its mandate to impose an administrative penalty of between 5,000 penalty units (GHs60,000) and 10,000 penalty units (GHs120,000).