National Road Safety Authority(NRSA), others to go after drivers using illegal lamps

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    Effective Monday, September 30, 2021, The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority(DVLA), and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department(MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, will commence a coordinated action across the country against drivers who use illegal lamps.

    The National Road Safety Authority(NRSA) has noted that it will remove these illegal lamps and prosecute drivers who fall victim.

    “…Effective Monday, September 30th, 2021 commence a coordinated enforcement action across the country to remove these illegal lamps and initiate prosecution of offending drivers,” it noted.

    The above is contained in a statement issued by the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA).

    Furthermore, the National Road Safety Authority indicates that the exercise is necessitated by its observance of the emergence of the use of unprescribed lamps by some drivers which goes against its Regulation.

    “The Authority has observed an emergence of the use of unprescribed lamps by section of drivers contrary to Regulation 65 of the Road Traffic Regulations, 2012(L.I.2180),” it said.

    “This practice exposes other road users to the threat of crashes especially at night,” it added.

    Moreover, it cites Regulation 65 of L. I. 2180 which states that:

    1. Vehicles or trailers shall be equipped with electric lighted lamps or another kind as approved by the Licensing Authority;

    2. A vehicle shall have two lamps in front with one on each side of the motor vehicle and placed in a manner that exhibits a white or yellow visible light within prescribed distance and to indicate the width of the vehicle;

    3. Vehicles may be fitted with additional one or two auxiliary spots or flood lamps;

    4. A driving lamp is not placed in a manner that allows the lamp to project above the bottom of the frame of the windscreen; and

    5. Though a maximum of four driving and spot or flood lamps are allowed, the electrical switching should be arranged to allow the use of only two of those lamps at a time.

    The statement, therefore, urges drivers and vehicle owners to voluntarily comply with Regulation 65 of L.I. 2180 to avoid any inconvenience.