Despite drivers protest DVLA maintains seat belt policy

Addressing the media at a press conference on Tuesday, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the DVLA, Rudolph Beckley indicated that the authority will ensure that seat belts are fitted in all motor vehicles by end of December, 2015 before the enforcement.

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The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) says it will begin enforcing its policy on seat belts in 2016.

Addressing the media at a press conference on Tuesday, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the DVLA, Rudolph Beckley indicated that the authority will ensure that seat belts are fitted in all motor vehicles by end of December, 2015 before the enforcement.

“As part of the timeline that we have put together for this particular seat-belt implementation project, we have the first week of June for the fitting of seat-belts and not for the enforcement on the use of seat-belts. These are two clearly distinct interventions of measures,” he said

“We are talking about first and foremost fitting the belts before enforcement comes on. We are not talking about enforcement now, we are first and foremost fitting the belts before enforcement comes on. We are making sure that from now until the end of November to December, all motor vehicles would have seat belts fitted and then at the end of that, we will proceed with the enforcement. You can’t not have seat belts in vehicles and force people to wear seat belts, How is that going to be done?,” he added

The directive that all commercial vehicles must have seat belts before the authority renews the licenses of the drivers has been kicked against by many aggrieved drivers. Some drivers embarked on a strike action early this week which led thousands of Ghanaians stranded.

Although Mr. Beckley has explained that the new directive is in conformity with Section 119 of the Road Traffic Regulation Legislative Instrument (LI) 2180 which will help achieve a 50 percent reduction in deaths and serious injuries associated with vehicular accidents by 2020, the drivers opine that the policy will frustrate their business.

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