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Police Officer below the rank of Inspector cannot seize your driver's license-ILAPI to drivers

Written by  Jan 13, 2018
The Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI-Ghana), has underscored the need for Ghanaians especially motorists to be abreast with the Road Traffic Regulations 2012 LI 2180 in other not to have their rights abused.   In a series of human rights campaign dubbed ‘Know Your Right’, Executive Director of ILAPI-Ghana said under the law, ‘’ it is only a police officer in uniform or an authorized officer of DVLA who can request you to produce your license or any document relating to your vehicle. ‘’   The law also requires that  ‘’Where a person driving a motor vehicle is required to produce a license a certificate or a document relevant to driving the motor vehicle, that person shall produce it immediately or within twenty-four hours of being required to produce the license, certificate or document.’’ He stressed, ‘’the police officer has to inform you where to produce it within the 24 hours. Again under the law it's only police officer in uniform and not below the rank of an Inspector who may where necessary retain your driver's license for the period that the license is required and he or she shall issue an official receipt for retaining your license.’’   Some recalcitrant drivers had had their key cars seized by police officers for not handing over their licenses to them. Others have also had their car keys seized for not handing over their licenses.   The police administration has also warned its personnel that it is unlawful for police to remove the ignition keys of vehicles while on duties on roads. They have also been warned   that police officers have no right to remove stickers of drivers when they are arrested for road traffic offences. Some police officers even go to the extent of fighting with the drivers on traffic related offences.   Drivers have also been advised to report to the nearest police station should a police officer remove their car keys or stickers over traffic offence including license.   In 2015, a Police Chief Inspector at the Legon Police Station, Inspector T. Arthur popularly known at the station as 'Chief' and a driver, Kweku Joseph were caught in a verbal blow over the seizure of the license of the driver.   The license of the driver was seized by the chief inspector following an accident that occurred on April 11, 2015 involving a Taxi and a Tundra vehicle. And though, the matter had been settled, the driver is yet to have access to his license.    Read Below the post from ILAPI   INSTITUTE FOR LIBERTY & POLICY INNOVATION (ILAPI) know Your Right. Page 1.   Under the Road Traffic Regulations 2012 LI 2180, it is only a police officer in uniform or an authorized officer of DVLA who can request you to produce your license or any document relating to your vehicle. However if you do not have the document immediately in your possession you have 24 hours to produce it. The police officer has to inform you where to produce it within the 24 hours. Again under the law it's only police officer in uniform and not below the rank of an Inspector who may where necessary retain your driver's license for the period that the license is required and he or she shall issue an official receipt for retaining your license. This means that under the law, a police officer in uniform of the rank of constable, Lance corporal, corporal or Sergeant has no right to retain your license. Know your rights under the Road Traffic law!!
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