The Bono East Regional Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, has signalled a stern warning to abusers of sirens in the region.
This was made known in a Link News interview with the Regional MTTD Commander, Supt. Daniel Oppong Asirifi.
According to him, permits to sirens are for Heads of State, security services, ambulances as well as motor vehicles used by other recognised government security agencies.
Other agencies authorised to use the siren are bullion vehicles registered by the licensing authority as well as authorised emergency vehicles, he added.
Many road users have been annoyed at the abuse of sirens by politicians and some ‘big men’ in society as well as the police themselves, who during rush hours either to eat or attend to their personal activities.
The police sound their sirens virtually pushing every vehicle to the shoulders of the road in order to have unimpeded access.
Supt. D. O. Asirifi however said the Road Traffic Regulation 74(3) of LI 2180 provides that a siren or bell may be fitted as a warning appliance and used only on certain categories of motor vehicles.
“Whether you are a chief director, whether you are minister…whether you are whatever, you are not allowed to use the siren or the blue bulbs,” he warns.
Regulation 74(2) of L.I. 2180 provides that … a person shall not fit on a motor vehicle a warning appliance other than a type approved by the Licensing Authority (DVLA).
The law is therefore clear on who can install and use motor vehicle warning appliances including bells and sirens in their vehicles.
The law lists categories of entities permitted to install and use sirens and horns. They are listed as follows:
a government vehicle used for official purposes by the Head of State
a Police vehicle
a motor vehicle used by the Fire Service
a motor vehicle used as an ambulance by a hospital or clinic
a motor vehicle used by other recognized Government security agencies
a bullion vehicle registered by the Licensing Authority.
It is, therefore, an offence for any person not within the above-listed entities to install or use sirens and horns
Superintendent D.O. Asirifi therefore, advised transport officers at the various governmental agencies to ensure the immediate removal of sirens and bulbs fitted to vehicles that have been given to their respective institutions.
By: Elvis Owusu Okaine/LinkNews/Techiman