In an unanticipated move from the police hierarchy, the Ghana Police Service have been ordered to cease immediately all road traffic checks relating to drivers licences and other vehicle documentation.
In a directive issued Tuesday, the police are to focus on helping direct traffic all across the country, and also continue their routine checks for crime.
The issue of vehicle documentation is an ubiquitous one which the police exploit to extort money off of motorists. The police hierarchy did not mention that directly; but if any reason exists for this unprecedented directive, it’s surely the police using the documentation checks as a means to make money off of motorists.
The directive asks all such checks to be ceased until further notice, and the Police Director of Public Affairs, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, explain the rationale behind the decision to Joy News.
“We want to focus our attention on traffic in order to create a more congenial atmosphere for commuters in our cities and towns, therefore personnel on highway patrol are to limit their operations to inspection of cars for drugs and ammunitions only.” Cephas Arthur told the Accra based radio station.
“We also realised the attention or focus (on vehicle checking) is too much on documentation which is not so much a matter of concern to Ghanaians.
“All police units are debarred from doing motor checks (indefinitely)” he added.