MMT adjudged best transport union in Volta Region
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) on Tuesday declared the Metro Mass Transit (MMT), the 2013 Best Transport Union in the Volta Region at a ceremony organised in Ho.
MMT’s good operational, vehicle and high driver standards placed it far ahead of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), the Progressive Transport Association (PROTOA) and the Cooperative Transport Union.
MMT, GPRTU and PROTOA received certificates from the NRSC as well as a pair of warning triangles, tyre pressure gauge, reflective jackets, copies of road traffic regulations and road traffic act, retro-reflective jackets and tapes.
MMT personnel would in addition receive two days training at the National Drivers’ Academy as part of the prize.
Mr Sebastian Akyempong, Regional Director of NRSC, commended MMT for “excellent managerial and record keeping skills”.
He commended drivers for their efforts at reducing road crashes in the first half of the year in the region and urged them to remain professional, ensuring that the region records no road crash during the Christmas celebrations.
Mr Joseph Afotey-Agbo, Regional Minister noted that the country loses about GH¢26.17 billion, annually due to road crashes and expressed the hope that the institution of the transport award scheme would help resolve the situation.
He asked drivers to eschew negative attitudes such as excess drinking and over-speeding and act responsibly on the road.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Kofi Asare, Regional Police Commander, said police in the region do not want to record any road crashes during the Christmas festivities and urged drivers to be patient on the road.
Togbe Dunyo IV, Dufia of Ave-Atanve and Chairman of Road Safety Enforcement Foundation, an NGO, suggested the need for NRSC to award individual drivers in subsequent events.
The region recorded 383 road crashes from January- June, as against 452 cases of the same period in 2012.
The NRSC records indicate that averagely, 2,249 lives are lost in the country in road crashes with 42 per cent being pedestrians.
The vision of the Commission is for the country to have the safest road transportation system in Africa.