The Agona Swedru Divisional Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service has seized over 10 fake driving licenses from commercial drivers as part of efforts to rid the roads of fake drivers.

The seizure of the fake licenses follows the acquisition of machines to detect such licenses, which were not issued by the Driver and Vehicle licensing Authority (DVLA).

Police Chief Inspector Samuel Akwasi Boamah, the Agona Swedru Divisional Station Officer of MTTD, made this known when he briefed the media after the Divisional Command embarked on patrols to educate drivers to observe traffic rules and regulations.

He said the programme was to help minimise accidents before, during and after Christmas in Agona Swedru and the Central Region as a whole.

The team visited the Central Regional Station of the Progressive Transport Owners Association, Swedru\Bawjiase Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), and Co-operative Transport Union.

He said there was the need for the drivers to go through the process before the issuance of licenses, adding that it was wrong for the drivers to use middle men, popularly known as “goro boys,” to secure driving licenses.

Chief Inspector Boamah cautioned drivers to desist from using defective headlights, worn out tyres, faulty wipers, fake fire extinguishers and other defects, which could contribute to road accidents.

He warned drivers against alcoholism and drug abuse, which could easily cause accidents adding that the programme would be a permanent feature to ensure sanity on the roads.

Mr Yaw Fayah, the Chairman of the Central Regional branch of the Progressive Transport Owners Association, Mr Omar Adams, Swedru Takoradi\ Cape Coast GPRTU Chairman, and Alajhi Ibrahim Wahab, the Swedru\Bawjiase GPRTU Chairman, commended the Swedru Divisional MTTD Command for the education.

They said drivers whose behaviour was against the driving rules and regulations had been banned from loading to ensure the safety of passengers.

They unanimously called for the dissolution of the taskforce to check floating drivers who picked passengers outside the station for alleged extortion of money from drivers.

The Transport Union executive expressed concern about the activities of the floating drivers who made the work MTTD personnel very difficult.

They appealed to the Ministry of the Interior and Police Administration to assist the Swedru Divisional MTTD with vehicles and other logistics to facilitate their work.

GNA/Newsghana.com.gh

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