The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) says it has observed an emergence of the use of unprescribed lamps by some drivers contrary to Regulations 65 of the Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (L.I. 2180).
This practice, according to the NSRA, exposes other road users to the threat of crashes, especially at night.
The Authority has reminded vehicle owners that Regulation 65 of L.1.2180 requires that:
- Vehicles or trailers shall be equipped with electric lighted lamps or another kind as approved by the Licensing Authority;
- A vehicle shall have two lamps in front with one on each side of the motor vehicle and placed in a manner that exhibits white or yellow visible light within prescribed distance and to indicate the width of the vehicle;
- Vehicles may be fitted with additional one or two auxiliary spots or flood lamps;
- A driving lamp is not placed in a manner that allows the lamp to project above the bottom of the frame of the windscreen; and
- Though a maximum of four driving and spot or flood lamps are allowed, the electrical switching should be arranged to allow the use of only two of those lamps at a time.
The Authority in a statement said in collaboration with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service and representatives of Operators, it shall effective Monday, 30 September 2021 commence a coordinated enforcement action across the country to remove these illegal lamps and initiate prosecution of offending drivers.
Drivers and vehicle owners have been advised to voluntarily comply with the law to avoid any inconveniences.