Wa, Oct.16, GNA – Mr David Osafo Adonteng, a Director of the National Road Safety Commission, has appealed to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) in Wa to train motor bike riders in the region before issuing them with licenses.
This, he said, would help calculate riding ethics and skills and other road safety requirement in the riders.
He said a large number of motor riders in the region grew up learning riding skills on their own without any formal orientation and such riders could be skilful but their knowledge of defensive riding and related road safety requirements were very limited.
Mr Adonteng said this during a regional monitoring programme in Wa on Monday.
He said the DVLA could not prevent people from acquiring motor bikes in the region but it could provide training for them to enable riders acquire special skills that would help ensure the safety of all road users.
He urged the regional branch of the Commission to educate all road users on the new Road Traffic Regulation (LI 2180) which bans the usage of hand –held communication gadgets to make or receive calls whiles driving and the operation of motor cycles.
Mrs May Obiri Yeboah ,the Director of planning and programmes for the Commission, called on the Ghana Education Service to incorporate road safety topics as part of the educational syllabus, so that children in basic schools could be taught issues relating to road safety .
She said children were usually ignorant about road safety issues and so are usually victims of road accidents.
Mr Abdul-Samad Mohammed, Regional Manager of the Commission, said road safety was a collective responsibility and called on all stakeholders to help reduce carnage on the roads.