By Cecil Mensah
The National Roads Safety Commission (NRSC), has suspended the organization of this year’s National Roads Safety awards meant to motivate transport operators in the country.
According to the NRSC, the decision to suspend the awards was part of the assessment and evaluation of the education and campaign exercise being embarked upon by the commission.
Speaking at a joint press conference organized by NRSC, Driver and Vehicle, Licensing Authority (DVLA) and Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, Mrs May Obri-Yeboah, the Executive Director of NRSC said, this year’s awards for the media and transport operators would not come on.
In the same vein, she said the commission would observe the National Road Safety week, which comes with the National Transport Day and remembrance in the first week of November to mark the Road Traffic Crash Victims.
She said aside this; all regional officers would intensify their collaboration with the transport operators to deepen the impact of the road safety officers on the transport system during the festive season.
She said, the road safety officers are expected to carry out pre-departure checks at the various lorry terminals to ensure that the vehicles and drivers embarking on the trip are in good condition for the journey.
The Commission, has decided to deepen its engagement session with the media with a programme dubbed, “Time with Road Safety”, which is intended to assist the Commission and its stakeholders to reach out to road users on how they can understand the transport system and protect themselves from these needless incidents of road crashes, she explains.
She said, road safety enforcement begins with the vehicle owner or transport operator, who hires the driver and sanctions the vehicle for the road.
According to her, a responsible vehicle owner or operator who is mindful of safety will not allow a vehicle that is not road worthy to go on the road.
He or she, will be interested in the competency of the driver and ensure that as an operator he or she has mainstreamed systems that make it unattractive for the driver to work tired, speed, overtake wrongly, she noted.
On his part, Mr Rudolph Beckley, the Executive Director of DVLA said, his outfit was concerned about the recent road traffic crashes as the body responsible for setting and maintaining standards for driving, as well as ensuring that vehicles that ply the roads and other public places.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Awunbutoge Awuni , said road safety begins with vehicle owners or transport operators, who hires the driver and sanction the vehicle for the road.