Ghanaian Chronicle

Volta GPRTU calls on drivers and passengers to behave during Xmas

Date published: October 29, 2012

The Volta Regional Chairman of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Mr. Moses Davor, says his outfit was considering this year’s Christmas activities as very special.

This was because the festive period also coincided with the general elections of the country, which had put much responsibility on the GPRTU in particular, and other transport organisations.

Mr. Davor said normally, during Christmas festivities, accidents increased in number, as drivers and passengers wanted to reach their destinations early.

This resulted in drivers over-speeding, as well as overloading, while some passengers urge drivers to speed, and that the GPRTU, being aware of the challenges, was putting in place measures to avoid or reduce the spate of accidents during the period.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Volta File, Mr. Davor explained that the GPRTU had trained a special taskforce to help ensure safety on the road during the period, because the political activities at the time would also increase the number of people moving from one destination to the other, therefore, there was the need to adopt strategies to contain the situation.

Mr. Dafor advised, particularly, drivers to avoid engaging in arguments with passengers, particularly on issues of politics, since that would affect their concentration level.

He also warned drivers over talking on mobile phones while driving, and urged them to park their vehicles when it becomes very necessary to make and receive calls.

He made it clear that it was time for passengers to demonstrate high levels of patriotism by reporting drivers who over-speed to the law enforcement agencies for the necessary punishment.

In the same way, drivers should report the conduct of passengers who harass them to over-speed to the police for cautioning to help bring sanity to the road transport sector.

The Volta Regional Chairman of the GPRTU made it clear that the regional management would not condone and connive with recalcitrant drivers who fall short of the law in their activities, because much had been done for them, in terms of education, to work diligently.

He added that drunkenness and the sale of alcohol at lorry stations would be an area of concern to the special taskforce.


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