Police must work on electronic driver’s license verification
Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah suggested that the police administration should have technology that could electronically verify driver’s license to prevent police from suspending motorists’ licenses for days or weeks. .
He said the licensing authority and the police administration should work together to have an electronic system to verify licenses immediately on the road.
The minister suggested during a national consultative forum to review the 2004 Road Traffic Act (Act 683) and 2012 Regulations LI 2180 in Accra.
The minister said the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) is piloting an electronic permit verification system and therefore the Police Department’s Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) should have a similar system.
“Let nobody have the discretion to terminate licenses, so we must challenge ourselves to produce a law that will allow the police to check your license there and give it to you immediately,” said Asiama.
Some forum participants endorsed the minister’s proposal and said that in this era of digitization, the National Identification Authority’s database should help verify driver’s license.
They also expressed concern with junior police officers at the rank of corporal seizing motorists’ licenses, instead of police inspectors or above, that the law allowed them to seize a driver’s license.
At the start of his welcoming remarks, Mr Asiama said it was time for the road industry to be regulated and called on all stakeholders to contribute dispassionately to the proposed amendment to ensure holistic legislation that can stand the test of time.
The Minister noted that the amendment of road safety governance laws was in line with international safety conventions and new social trends.
He said the government was reorganizing the police department to strengthen enforcement of road safety rules, to minimize the carnage on the road.
Mr. Asiama believed that road safety reforms would help save lives, minimize indiscipline and fraudulent practices.
Ms. May Obiri-Yeboah, Director General of the National Road Safety Authority, said amending road safety legislation would help address the challenges of road safety management.
Mr. Kwasi Busia, Director General of the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Authority, said the road transport sector plays a vital role in the socio-economic development of the country, adding that it is imperative to improve the overall road safety management.