“Long distance buses” must have a spare driver- Minister advises transport operators

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Deputy Western Regional Minister Mrs. Gifty Eugnenia Kusi has recommended as a matter of practice to curb road carnage, the assignment of two drivers to a bus on long distance journeys.

According to her, some accidents on our roads are largely due to fatigue and the desire by drivers to get to their destination ahead of time, adding that the introduction of two drivers on board will complement each other’s effort.

The minister was speaking to skyy news at a program on road safety organized by the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) for GPRTU drivers in Takoradi.

She said “a driver should not drive for more than 4 hours as it is done in other countries and they should be thoroughly examined by officials at the station before they transport passengers”

This the minister added must be complimented with periodic sensitization by road safety officials.

Hon. Gifty Kusi said the security forces are always visible on the road, but scarcely enforce the laws on those that fall foul of it.

She urged the citizenry to speak up on these wrong doings to check on both drivers and the police.

She also appealed to drivers to perform an officially introduction of themselves to passengers, the type of car they are using, how many kilometers of road they will cover and the capacity of the car.

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