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30.10.2008 Regional News

Police Reject Kumasi Truck Drivers' Threat

By Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi -

THE Ashanti Regional Police Command has stated that the ban on articulated trucks traveling between 6 pm and 5 am is backed by a legislative instrument and cannot be changed.

The police was reacting to a call by the Ghana Haulage  Transport Drivers Association (GHTDA) to review the time from 6 pm to 10 pm.

According to the GHTDA, failure by the police to review the time, would result in a strike starting today.

At a press briefing last Saturday, the GHTDA explained that during the day, tyres of articulated vehicles become heated and burst when the vehicles are fully loaded.

But speaking to the Times, yesterday, Police Inspector Mohammed Yusif Tanko, of the Ashanti Regional Police Public Affairs Unit, said  “it is not about pleading but it is  about what the law is saying”.

According to him, the members of the association met the command over the ban and the commend responded that it was considering their plea but  “We wonder why they went ahead to hold  press briefing that they will strike”.

Inspector Tanko said  police investigations revealed that most  of the carnage on the road were caused by the heavy trucks especially at  night and the ban was for the good of all.

“We want to ensure that road accidents are reduced to the barest minimum and  we expect  GHTDA to understand this.”