The Committed Drivers Association of Ghana has described the request by the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), to be made an authority, as a useless and needless call.
The Association is of the view that the NRSC has not lived up to its duty as a commission hence the call to have it approved as an authority will amount to nothing.
Chief Executive of the Commission Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah has explained all its current powers remain persuasive as it was set up to carry out road safety education and advocacy.
She has therefore suggested the NRSC will be able to bite when approved as an authority.
“If we were given an authority status….we could ensure that …we can enforce the standards of road safety,” Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah said.
But President of the Committed Drivers Association, Mr Charles Danso, has shot down the proposal on grounds that it will not solve the problem.
He is demanding for an impact assessment report from the NRSC on the number of training and awareness they have conducted towards the reduction in road accidents.
Mr Danso told sit-in-host of Frontline Nana Adjoa Owusu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the NRSC has received funding from government to executive its core functions but they have not achieved the purpose for which it was established.
‘’Ask the NRSC to make available a list of all the persons they have trained and see if they will be able to provide the list. There are issues we have to discuss and not the demand by the NRSC to be made an authority,’’ he said.
He disclosed on the show the NRSC has never implemented any of the recommendations suggested by the Committed Drivers.
‘’Let us give them the authority status and further add presidential powers and see if the problems we face today will stop…they have not educated anyone,’’ he added.
For three years straight since 2016, road fatalities have increased from 2,084 to 2,341, according to the Motor Transpor and Traffic Directorate. The MTTD has reported an average of 2,059 death by road accidents since 2011.
Just last Friday, over 55 passengers died in a gory accident on the Kintampo-Techiman highway in the North East region.
About 35 of the passengers were burnt beyond recognition and have since been given a mass burial.
The accident has triggered another national hue and cry over lackadaisical attitudes of road users and state regulators.
An Act of Parliament (NRSC Act 567 of 1999) established the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) of Ghana.
The Act mandates the NRSC to play the lead role in championing, promoting and coordinating Road Safety activities in Ghana.
The main objective of the National Road Safety Commission is to plan, develop and promote road safety and to coordinate policies related to road safety.
- The key functions of the NRSC are: Undertake nationwide road safety Education, Information and Publicity.
- Carry out special projects for the improvement of road safety.
- Co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate road safety activities, programmes and strategies.
- Recommend to the Minister and such bodies as it may determne measures calculated to prevent road crashes and injuries involving the use of vehicles on roads.
- Advise the Minister on the formulation of road safety policies and action programmes.
- Develop and maintain a comprehensive database on road safety for the information of the public.
- Develop a long term road safety plan.
- Establish with road authorities, procedures for safety audit of projects for roads construction, reconstruction or improvement.
- Promote road safety research.