Mrs Dzifa Attivor, the Minister of Transport, has praised the Inspector General of Police for deploying police personnel at vantage points and this had reduced indiscipline.
Mrs Attivor said this during a meeting with members of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) at Kasoa in the Central Region after going on a road safety education campaign with agencies and departments under the Ministry of Transport.
Some of the agencies which took part in the programme were the Metro Mass Transit, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) and the Driver Vehicular and Licensing Authority (DVLA).
Mrs Attivor appealed to floating drivers to join drivers’ unions and called on the GPRTU to enforce all pre-departure checks on their drivers.
She called on the drivers to support the rapid urban transportation programme of Government and disregard the notion that the programme when it takes place would keep them out of jobs.
Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, Executive Director, NRSC, said the road safety education had become a regular activity and December and January were critical for national road safety programmes because of their connections with big festive occasions of Christmas and New Year.
“During these periods, there is an upsurge in the high risk factors like drink driving, speeding and driver fatigue that result in a rise of casualty figures”, she said.
Mrs Obiri-Yeboag said road safety was a shared and collective responsibility requiring the collective and holistic efforts by all stakeholders.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Angwubotoge Awuni, MTTU Commander, appealed to drivers to ensure that their car owners became committed to the regular maintenance of their vehicles to avoid accidents.
He expressed the readiness of the MTTU to work with stakeholders for the attainment of best practices on the road.
Mr Adams Nuhu, Municipal Chief Executive, Awutu Senya Municipality, said the lorry station at Kasoa was deplorable.
He said the Assembly had not been able to help in the rehabilitation of the lorry park because it had been earmarked for the rapid urban transportation programme. GNA