The government is looking to prohibit buses from going long distances if those vehicles do not have emergency exit doors in case such an amenity is needed.
Through the Ministry of Transport, government says it will give commercial vehicle operators a deadline to secure emergency exit doors on their vehicles to ensure the safe exit of passengers during emergencies.
According to a 3news.com report sighted by YEN.com.gh, the Minister of Transport Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, explained that the recent accident on the Kintampo-Techiman road recorded many fatalities due to combustion of the vehicles.
Having emergency exits on buses is therefore likely to save some lives, the minister hopes.
The minister made his thoughts known during a stakeholder meeting in Accra on March 29, 2019.
The ministry, Asiamah said, was, collaborating with the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) to strictly enforce the directive until every bus had acquired the doors.
“Within the next few weeks, vehicles that do not have emergency exit doors would cease to operate on the roads,” he said.
The dialogue was organised by the Transport ministry with the National Road Safety Commission and the MTTD. for the various commercial vehicle operators’ associations to deliberate on measures to control the rampant road accidents.
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The ministry, at the occasion, donated 10 Alcohol Detecting Metres, 10 Speed Detecting Guns and 2000 Reflective Jackets to the MTTD to enhance their traffic control duties to reduce road accidents.
The Transport minister in the end noted that statistics has shown that 80% of road accidents were caused by indiscipline on the part of road users, adding that research has also shown a paradox that the more good roads were constructed, the more accidents happened.
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