Regional News of Thursday, 21 March 2013
Government will soon put cameras on the Tema Motorway to check over speeding and other traffic offences to help reduce the carnage on the road, Mrs. Dzifa Attivor, Minister of Transport has announced.
She appealed to drivers to change their attitude and behaviour for the good of the passengers who board their vehicles and other road users.
Mrs. Attivor was addressing members of the Ghana Haulage Transport Union in Tema as part of her visits to organisations under the Ministry to learn of their challenges with the view to addressing some of them.
She expressed her disappointment at the manner some drivers were speeding on the motorway and reminded them of the speed limit prescribed for the motorway, which she said must be strictly adhered to .
She advised members of the union to respect traffic laws and ensure they do not overload their vehicles beyond the approved axle limits; a practice she noted was causing damage to the road.
The Transport Minister appealed to drivers to use reflective triangles whenever their vehicles break to avoid crashes.
Mrs. Attivor said valuable human resources needed for development of Ghana were being wasted through road accidents and urged drivers to take a sober reflection in this coming Easter to reduce accidents and deaths.
She said Government was also worried that about 1.6 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product of Ghana was spent in managing accident related cases.
Some of the drivers complained that portions of the Tema Motorway is in a bad state and called on government to rehabilitate the road.
They also complained about the barricade of rocks and boulders deposited on the motorway by Irani Brothers, that caused an accident recently and called for the immediate removal of the debris from the road to avoid another accident.
Mr. Mustapha Mohammed, a spokesman for the Burkina Faso, Togo, Mali and Niger Drivers Associations said problems that would affect their counterparts in Ghana would also affect them and called on the authorities to ensure that appropriate measures were put in place to correct the wrongs on the road.