NRSA issues regulatory directives to transport operators

The National Road Safety Authority has issued five Regulatory Directives to Commercial Passenger Transport Operators providing Inter-City services only, excluding trotro operations.

These directives are aimed at improving the quality of service and reducing road traffic crashes and their attendant casualties.

The directives includes among other things, “all target operators are required to assign two drivers to all trips that are in excess of 8hrs or 500km and to submit a journey plan for all such routes. This is enforceable from April 1st, 2021

“All Target Operators are required to train their drivers in Defensive Driving in accordance with standards approved by the Authority & DVLA. This is enforceable from July 1st, 2021

“All Target Operators are required to introduce the use of vehicle log books to help enforce the protocols on maximum driving hours & high speeds. This is enforceable from April 1st, 2021

All Target Operators shall be required to appoint Road Safety Officers who shall be responsible for conducting pre-departure checks at all terminals. The Operators shall notify the Authority of the appointment on or before April 1st, 2021. All Operators providing inter-city services shall fit retro-reflective tapes approved by DVLA on their vehicles in accordance with Regulation 80 of L.I.2180. This shall be enforceable on April 1st, 2021.”

Below is the full directive…

NRSA Issues Regulatory Directives to Transport Operators

The National Road Safety Authority has today 3rd March 2021 issued five (5) Regulatory Directives to Commercial Passenger Transport Operators providing Inter-City services only (excluding trotro operations).

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These directives are aimed at improving the quality of service and reducing road traffic crashes and their attendant casualties.

They are as follows:

  1. All target operators are required to assign two drivers to all trips that are in excess of 8hrs or 500km and to submit a journey plan for all such routes. This is enforceable from April 1st, 2021
  2. All Target Operators are required to train their drivers in Defensive Driving in accordance with standards approved by the Authority & DVLA. This is enforceable from July 1st, 2021
  3. All Target Operators are required to introduce the use of vehicle log books to help enforce the protocols on maximum driving hours & high speeds. This is enforceable from April 1st, 2021
  4. All Target Operators shall be required to appoint Road Safety Officers who shall be responsible for conducting pre-departure checks at all terminals. The Operators shall notify the Authority of the appointment on or before April 1st, 2021.
  5. All Operators providing inter-city services shall fit retro-reflective tapes approved by DVLA on their vehicles in accordance with Regulation 80 of L.I.2180. This shall be enforceable on April 1st, 2021

Consequences for Non-Compliance
To ensure enforcement of these directives, Road Safety Inspectors appointed by the Authority shall conduct random and periodic operational audit at target terminals.

All such Transport Operators who fail to comply with these directives issued pursuant to Act 993 shall be subject to the following consequences;

  1. Compliance Notice;
  2. Suspension of Operations; or
  3. Imposition of an Administrative Penalty of between 5,000-20,000 penalty units depending of the nature of the breach and consequences for public safety.
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By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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