The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Joseph Osei Owusu has directed the police to arrest and prosecute legislators who use their sirens without approval.
The move he said will strengthen traffic regulations in the country.
The Fisrt Deputy Speaker made the remarks during a briefing of the House by the Minister for Transport Kwaku Asiama on road accidents in the country.
“If it’s growing and emboldening other people who are breaching the rules, indeed no member who is not in the security agency is entitle to use those lights and sirens in their vehicles, so those who use them should be prosecuted”.
In a related development, the Inspector General of Police David Asante Apeatu has hinted a partnership
with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority(DVLA) to deal with persons who use sirens unlawfully.
At a press briefing which was addressed by the two stakeholders, the IGP said “This joint press conference is intended to address the growing misuse of sirens by certain individuals and institutions in the country. The practice of illegal use of sirens poses a huge risk to unsuspecting road users not to mention the disincentive to our collective fight against noise pollution.”
Political and government appointees do not fall in the category of persons allowed by the law to use sirens.
the permit is for Heads of State, police vehicle, ambulances as well as motor vehicles used by other recognised government security agencies.
Other agencies authorised to use the siren are bullion vehicles registered by the licensing authority as well as authorised emergency vehicles.
Regulation 74(2) of L.I. 2180 provides that … a person shall not fit on a motor vehicle a warning appliance other than a type approved by the Licensing Authority (DVLA).
The law lists categories of entities permitted to install and use sirens and horns. They are listed as follows:
a government vehicle used for official purposes by the Head of State
a Police vehicle
a motor vehicle used by the Fire Service
a motor vehicle used as an ambulance by a hospital or clinic
a motor vehicle used by other recognized Government security agencies
a bullion vehicle registered by the Licensing Authority.
It is, therefore, an offence for any person not within the above-listed entities to install or use sirens and horns