Ningo Prampram lawmaker, Sam Nartey George, wants the Ministry of Transport to through Parliament pass legislation to force drivers of private-owned transport companies to undergo a driving test at the State Transport Corporation (STC) vehicle testing centre before given a licence to drive.
According to him, making it mandatory will cause a drastic reduction in road accidents and ensure the safety of passengers and drivers on the road in the country.
As part of measures to curb road accidents in Ghana, the State Transport Corporation (STC) has added to its services, a vehicle testing centre to examine the roadworthiness of vehicles within its catchment area.
The facility which has been licensed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) also incorporates a dedicated space for testing buses and trucks.
Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana on Friday, 26 February 2021, the National Democratic Congress legislator was full of praise for the Managing Director of State Transport Corporation (STC), Nana Akomea who was a co-panellist on the show.
He noted that for several decades the state transport has fewer road accidents track record worth to be emulated by rivalry commercial vehicles to save lives.
While still lauding Nana Akomea for revamping the state transport with his innovative ideas, he said ”I believe that the new Minister of Transport who will have oversight of STC, must as a matter of urgency, come before Parliament with either LI (Legislative Instrumen), bill or something that will make it mandatory for all private operators to train their drivers at STC vehicle testing centre.”
“We must ensure by way of LI the Ministry will compel all private operators to undergo training or their yearly licence will not be renewed,” the Ningo Prampram MP added.
He also argued STC have well trained and qualified drivers that explain why their buses hardly involve in accidents but the state-owned transport service does not transport fifty per cent of commutators. However, they should be given the monopoly to train all drivers of commercial vehicles to ensure the safety of passengers.
In his view, commercial drivers being examined at the STC’s vehicle testing centre will birth standardize Ghanaian drivers paving way for professionalism and reduction in road accidents.
The NDC MP indicated aside from ensuring safety on our roads it will generate revenue for the maintenance of the facility of which he said is an asset and we shouldn’t act the typical Ghanaian way for it to collapse instead saying it should be utilized.
The Managing Director of the State Transport Company (STC), Nana Akomea commenting on the suggestion by the legislator asserted it wouldn’t be easy to pass such legislation to govern commercial driving in the country.
“I suspect it will be difficult to pass legislation that would basically force people to use only one service. It would be difficult to say, every driver before you can drive must go to STC. That will be difficult because there are other training schools,” he averred.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams