Road safety in question marks

In a country where police visibility is almost formidable, crime is expected to be on the minimal but several individuals, drivers and road users tend to have issues with the Motor traffic transport department (MTTD) personnel dispatched on our streets and highways.

One may wonder the exact duty of the mttd officials manning post every morning and afternoon from the Asafo interchange through tech to Ejisu stretch of the Accra road. They show up as early as 6:00 am and vacate the streets at around 10:00am doing nothing done checking drivers for what am not sure of.

Despite their checks everyday, we see all sorts of wrecked and faulty cars on our streets polluting the air with exhaust fumes and some even over loaded with all kinds of stuff and materials thus begets the question, “were this vehicles checked at all” ?

Reports indicate that, these mttd officers have no interest in road safety but only in their personal gains, they take bribes from 5 to 50ghc from commercial drivers and also from private cars irrespective of the state of their vehicles.

Most of this vehicles end up causing accidents on our roads resulting in the loss of several lives and property.”Na who cause am”?

It is about time the motor traffic transport department (mttd) of the Ghana police service raise their game, stop the taking of bribes from commercial drivers and ensure they do the right thing to make our streets safe again.

In a country where police visibility is almost unequalled, crime is expected to be on the minimal but several individuals, drivers and road users tend to have issues with the Motor traffic transport department (MTTD) personnel dispatched on our streets and highways.

One may wonder the exact duty of the mttd officials manning post every morning and afternoon from the Asafo interchange through tech to Ejisu stretch of the Accra road. They show up as early as 6:00 am and vacate the streets at around 10:00am doing nothing done checking drivers for what am not sure of.

Despite their checks everyday, we see all sorts of wrecked and faulty cars on our streets polluting the air with exhaust fumes and some even over loaded with all kinds of stuff and materials thus begets the question, “were this vehicles checked at all” ?

Reports indicate that, these mttd officers have no interest in road safety but only in their personal gains, they take bribes from 5 to 50ghc from commercial drivers and also from private cars irrespective of the state of their vehicles.

Most of this vehicles end up causing accidents on our roads resulting in the loss of several lives and property.”Na who cause am”?

It is about time the motor traffic transport department (mttd) of the Ghana police service raise their game, stop the taking of bribes from commercial drivers and ensure they do the right thing to make our streets safe again.

The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye, in 2014 admitted that the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service is an embarrassment to the force lamenting that their actions tend to taint the reputation of the police as a bunch of corrupt people.

A number of Junior Police Officers from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service on December 18th 2015 alleged in separate interviews with the DAILY HERITAGE that some of them take bribes from drivers because they have been directed by their superiors to do so. The junior officers said most of their officers demand huge sums of money from them immediately they return from road checks and sometimes reprimand them for failing to ‘bring home better sales.’

Kessben news desk is asking, for how long will this continue and who is watching the watchman?