The Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC), has approved the usage of seatbelts in commercial vehicles, to ensure the safety of passengers and their properties.
Mr Ben Amoabeng-Peprah, National Chairman of the Council, made this known when he addressed members of the Central Regional branch of the Progressive Transport Owners Association (PROTOA) at Agona Swedru.
He said “I have fully signed the document on the usage of seatbelt in commercial vehicles which has commenced on 14th October, 2015 to protect lives of Ghanaian travelling public”
Mr Amoabeng-Peprah reminded commercial drivers that the policy was in their own interest.
He said it was time for the transport sector managers to ensure that accidents in the country were drastically reduced.
Mr Amoabeng- Peprah who is also National Chairman of PORTOA, urged drivers not to politicize the policy, but to accept it in good faith to improve the transport sector.
Mr Amoabeng-Peprah said the policy to stop illiterates from driving commercial vehicles was not an intention to ban them.
He said it was good for the drivers to known how to read and write, in order to avoid the possibility of running into serious troubles, while exercising their professional competence.
The Council Chairman called on drivers to upgrade themselves before the law caught up with them.
The National PROTOA Chairman urged drivers to stop fixing empty fire extinguisher containers in their vehicles, saying it was bad for drivers to keep expired fire extinguishers.
The Chairman urged members of the Central Regional branch of PROTOA to brace themselves up to hold regional and branch elections to ensure the proper management of the Association.
He urged members to pay their dues promptly, adding that any member who failed to pay should count himself out as a member of the Association.
Nana Yaw Fayah, Central Regional Chairman of PROTOA, called on drivers to abide by the rules and regulations governing driving.
He asked the National Executives of the Association to re-introduce the dress code for PROTIOA members, especially drivers, to single them out from other transport unions.
Nana Fayah appealed to the National Chairman and his Executives to give some of the Imported Buses to the regional branch to help improve efficiency. GNA