The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) announced preparedness to ensure standardization in the issuance of licences to categories D and F drivers in a bid to reduce the carnage on the roads across the country.
DVLA explained that these classes of drivers will handle heavy-goods vehicles and buses carrying up to 65 passengers with a minimum weight of 35,000kgs.
This came to light during a ceremony to present certificates to 50 certified examiners including one female who have gone through a four-week course in Accra, to enable them manage heavy-duty truck drivers who apply for licence.
The training, which is the first of its kind, was to build the capacity of the staff to ensure that heavy-duty truck drivers acquire the necessary training to ensure that they act professionally on the roads to avoid accidents.
At a ceremony held at its head office in Accra ,The Board Chairman of DVLA, Frank Davies Esq. expressed worry about the number of heavy duty trucks crushing or landing sideways on highways, especially on the Accra-Kumasi stretch.
"All these disturbing incidents require competencies in training to help curb such occurrences”, he posited.
He thanked the West African Transport Academy for partnering the DVLA to equip the examiners with the needed skills to effectively assess and handle drivers of HGVs.
The Chief Executive (CE) Mr. Kwesi Agyeman Busia said the move was part of critical reforms and interventions being introduced by the Authority to address road safety issues, which are at the core of its mandate.
He mentioned reforms in areas of eye testing, to ensure that only drivers with medically-certified good vision were licensed; translation of the computer-based test into six Ghanaian languages; issuance of commercial licence; and a review of training curricula for driving schools in compliance with international best practices.
Mr. Busia urged the Examiners to go about their duties diligently to ensure that drivers refine their old ways and display professionalism.
“It is therefore the responsibility of the Examiners to use the knowledge acquired to help curb the carnage on the roads”, he said.
The Director in charge of Training, Testing and Licensing at DVLA, Mr. Kafui Semevo said since the DVLA is preparing to train motorcycle riders, the public can apply to take advantage of it. .He cautioned the Examiners that if they fail to adhere to the standards, it will be a dis-service to the nation.
He urged them to ensure professionalism at all times and”be firm in decisions regarding outcomes of tests conducted on drivers”. One of the Examiners, Emmanuel Klugah who spoke on behalf of the team, promised to "promote good standards on the roads to make DVLA a world-class organization”. The training is, therefore, a good initiative to help reduce carnage on the roads.