While the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate of the Ghana Police Service is clamping down on indiscipline drivers, the city guards in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region is cracking it's whip on taxi drivers who disregard traffic regulations in the city. About twenty-five (25) drivers have been arrested during an operation conducted by the City Guards since last week Wednesday.
These drivers were caught for various offenses including unlawful packing, excess speeding, driving on shoulders of the road and unlawful loading. The team of city guards, led by the Head of Security of Tarkwa Municipal Guards, Mr. Umaru Sanda says the operation formed part of a series of mechanisms deployed to decongest the road network during this chrism6 season.
He added that recalcitrant drivers will be made to pay fines or be prosecuted or do both depending 9n the offense committed. Mr Sanda stressed that the central business district is densely congested due to the reckless and lawless parking by some drivers on the road.
The early operations were carried out at the main entrance to the Tarkwa lorry park, All Needs Supermarket, and the section of road leading to the Pentecost clinic. It has been hinted that this operation will continue in these areas and other random checks conducted at some areas within the city.
The offending drivers have been charged with deliberately causing road obstruction and picking passengers anywhere, contrary to Section 19 of LI 952/74 of the road traffic regulations. The twenty-five taxi drivers have been fined twenty (20) penalty points as prescribed by the municipality's bye-laws and the Road Traffic Regulations Act.
The fine transcribes to the payment of two hundred and forty Ghana Cedis (GHC240.00) Mr. Umaru Sanda assured that the Municipal Guards would be on their guard everyday to flush out recalcitrant drivers to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.
He explained that daily patrols will be conducted on the roads and some officers stationed to check on deviant drivers.
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