Motor Transport and Traffic Unit


Motor Transport and Traffic Unit

The Motor Transport and Traffic Unit (MTTU) is a unit under the Ghana Police Service. It is responsible for road safety in Ghana.[1]

Contents

History

The unit was established in 1952.[1] It was known as the Ghana Police Traffic Unit.[2] In 1981, the Justice Archer commission, reviewed the Unit's function and accredited it as the National MTTU.[1]

Head

The unit is headed by the Commander of the MTTU. The unit's head reports to the Inspector General of Police. The current head of the unit is ACP Awuni.[3]

Functions

The unit educates road users on accident-free road practices by training motorists and pedestrians. The members of the unit are trained to spot, warn and arrest offending motorists. The unit records all accidents and publishes the statistics on a quarterly basis in print and electronic media. Personnel of the unit control traffic and enforce traffic regulations. The unit is in-charge of escort for the President of Ghana, state and foreign dignitaries. In the investigation of road accidents, the unit initiates the investigation and later hands it over to the DVLA.[2]

Personnel

The unit has 1300 personnel nationwide. These personnel are trained by the various Ghana Police Service training academies and posted to all the district police stations to work hand in hand with the police personnel in ensuring road safety in the area.[2]

Collaborating agencies

The unit in the pursuit of its functions works with other agencies of state to reduce road accidents. They include:[2]

Accident prevention

The Motor Transport and Traffic Unit promotes road safety through a structured programme it employs named the four Es. They are:[2]

  • Enactment of laws and traffic regulations to govern road use in Ghana
  • Education for road users
  • Engineering the construction of feeder and urban roads, Zebra crossing and road signs
  • Emergency medical services for accident victims

Accident statistics

Road accidents are a very important national issue. Statistics show that road accidents kill an average of four people a day in Ghana. In 2005, there was 16% increase in road accidents as compared to the preceding year.[4] Between 2007 and 2010 the MTTU reported that at least 6000 people had died due to road accidents with an additional 40000 injured within the same interval.[3]

Road offenders

From January to May 2011, the unit convicted about 1800 road users for various road offenses with fines totally 400,000 cedi (approximately 260,000 dollars) being charged.[5] Offenders who were found guilty of grave road offenses within the period where jailed.[5]

Challenges

The unit in the pursuit of its functions faces challenges that limits its functions. They include:

  • Inadequate law enforcement equipment such as breathalyzer
  • Limited towing and recovering trucks for broken down vehicles

Funding

The unit is a branch of the Ghana Police Service and is under the Ministry of Interior. It is financed by the national and police budget. The National Road Safety Commission supports the unit by providing logistics.

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Traffic — on roads may consist of pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, streetcars and other conveyances, either singly or together, while using the public way for purposes of travel. Traffic laws are the laws which govern traffic and regulate… …   Wikipedia

  • Transport — or transportation is the movement of people and goods from one place to another. The term is derived from the Latin trans ( across ) and portare ( to carry ). Industries which have the business of providing transport equipment, transport services …   Wikipedia

  • Transport in India — The Mumbai Pune Expressway, India s first expressway …   Wikipedia

  • Traffic enforcement camera — Gatso speed camera A traffic enforcement camera (also red light camera, road safety camera, road rule camera, photo radar, photo enforcement, speed camera, Gatso) is an automated ticketing machine. It may include a camera which may be mounted… …   Wikipedia

  • Motor vehicle — The United States has the world s largest motor vehicle registered fleet, with almost 250 million vehicles. A motor vehicle or road vehicle is a self propelled wheeled vehicle that does not operate on rails, such as trains or trolleys. The… …   Wikipedia

  • Transport Canada — Departments of the Government of Canada Transport Transports …   Wikipedia

  • Traffic Control — ➡ law enforcement * * * Introduction       supervision of the movement of people, goods, or vehicles to ensure efficiency and safety.       Traffic is the movement of people and goods from one location to another. The movement typically occurs… …   Universalium

  • Transport in Pakistan — Transportation in Pakistan is extensive and varied but still in its developing stages and serving a population of over 160 million people. Construction of new airports, roads, and railway are providing a massive employment boost in Pakistan… …   Wikipedia

  • Traffic light — The traffic light, also known as traffic signal, stop light, traffic lamp, stop and go lights, robot or semaphore, is a signaling device positioned at a road intersection, pedestrian crossing, or other location. Its purpose is to indicate, using… …   Wikipedia

  • Business and Industry Review — ▪ 1999 Introduction Overview        Annual Average Rates of Growth of Manufacturing Output, 1980 97, Table Pattern of Output, 1994 97, Table Index Numbers of Production, Employment, and Productivity in Manufacturing Industries, Table (For Annual… …   Universalium