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E/R: Drinking bars banned in all lorry stations

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The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has directed that drinking bars should be removed from all GPRTU and Co-operative Transport Union stations in the Eastern Region.

The exercise, according to the Eastern Regional Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Mr Abdulai Bawa Ghamsah, will seek to prevent drink-driving among commercial drivers with the aim of reducing road carnage.

“The Commission is embarking on a journey to enforce pre-departure checks in most of the lorry terminals to ensure that basic things like the wiper, tyres and driver behaviour and dress codes are checked before they set off on their journeys.

“If you don’t qualify or if you don’t pass through the process, we will advise you to offload the passengers into another vehicle so that you’ll go and do the right thing before you can be allowed to reload,” he stated.

The Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate on the other hand has also introduced an instrument, which would be used to check the speed of vehicles on the highways as a way of bringing the matter of accidents to its barest minimum. 

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