From Thomas Agbenyegah Adzey, Kumasi
More than 85 percent of commercial vehicles in the Ashanti region use tainted glasses in violation of Road Traffic Regulations, which forbid commercial vehicles from using tainted glasses, a survey conducted by Oli Best Road Safety Organization (OBS) has revealed.
The survey also indicated that about 95 percent of commercial vehicles, including heavy trucks, fix their number plates in a manner which makes it difficult to decipher them when the vehicle is in motion.
Mr. Richard Karikari, Director of Oli Best Road Safety Organisation, a non-profit making organisation engaged in offering services in Road Safety Education and Traffic Management, who explained the findings of the survey to The Chronicle last week Wednesday, in Kumasi, stated that crimes such as kidnapping and robbery occur during the night and mostly involves the use of vehicles.
Regrettably, Mr. Karikari said the OBS survey revealed that most of the crimes committed happen at dawn, mostly involving cars or vehicles that use tainted glasses.
He said this makes it difficult for anybody outside the vehicle, including even the police, to see if there is any struggle going on inside the vehicles in such cases.
The Driver and Vehicles Licensing Department (DVLA), the Director explained, always fix vehicle number plates tightly attached to the vehicle, but the drivers themselves fix the number plates improperly by raising or tilting it in a way which makes it difficult to see or identify the registration number when the vehicle is moving, for reasons best known to themselves.
The survey also established that most Uber drivers switch off their internet data which is meant to monitor the movement of the vehicles soon after they picked their passengers, for unexplained reasons, which makes it difficult to track the movement of the car and in the event of any crime associated with same.
Mr. Karikari cautioned that it is in the interest of passengers to ensure that Uber drivers do not switch off their internet connections to the monitoring devices in the vehicles whenever they board them.
The Oli Best director also appealed to the law enforcement agencies to deal ruthlessly with anybody caught or involved in kidnapping or robbing passengers according to the laws of the land.
Meanwhile, the National Road Safety Commission, in a letter dated June 6, 2019 and signed by the Inj. David Osafo Adonteng, the Director for Planning and Programmes for the Executive Director, acknowledged the operations of the OBS and recommended that it is given the necessary support in its “operations for the purposes of undertaking programmes for the good of safety on public roads” throughout Ghana.