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DVLA, MTTD to clamp down on drivers with embellished number plates

DVLA, MTTD to clamp down on drivers with embellished number plates

DVLA, MTTD to clamp down on drivers with embellished number plates

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has announced plans

to wage war against drivers of vehicles with embellished number plates.

The operation will be targeted at drivers who fail to comply with traffic

regulations on the design and positioning of number plate on vehicles.

It will be in collaboration with the Motor Traffic and

Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police.

“The right procedures have been listed in Regulation 12 of

the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012, L.I. 2180, and Regulation 9 of the

Road Traffic Regulation, 2012, L.I. 2180 for compliance.

“It is unlawful that these plates should be tampered with,”

DVLA said in a statement.

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The outfit, among other things, said the illegality includes:

“The embossment of wrong insignia, use of other nations’

flags in place of the Ghana Flag.

“Italicized lettering on the number plate, use of colors that are different

from what is prescribed by law; and the embellishment

of number plates with different colors.”

With no specific timelines given, DVLA stated the operation will begin

in the next few weeks and any driver found culpable,

will face the full rigors of the Law.

Read the full statement below:

The Management of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).

has noted with grave concern the manner in which vehicle owners

and drivers embellish their vehicle number plate in fragrant

disregard to provisions in the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012 (LI 2180).

The illegal activities include the following:

1. Embossment of wrong insignia

2. The use of other nations’ flags in place of the Ghana Flag

3. Italicized lettering on the number plate

4. The use of colours that are different frorn what is prescribed by Law;

and the embellishment of number plates with different colours

5. Not having fixed number plates on the front a. rear of vehicles.

The Authority wishes to remind the motoring public that while

Regulation 12 of the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012, L.I. 2180 makes

it clear that the number plate of a motor vehicle or motor cycle shall

be embossed with (a) a Ghana flag (b) the country identification mark ‘GH.,

Regulation 7 states explicitly that a person in charge of a motor vehicle

shall fix a number plate (a) in a manner that makes the number plate

not to be easily detachable, (b) in an upright position or within fifteen

degrees of that position (c) in a manner that makes

each letter and figure legible.

Besides, Regulation 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012, L.I. 2180

also stipulates that a person in charge of a motor vehicle number

shall fix the two number plates (a) on the front and rear sides of the

motor vehicle, and (b) on the front and rear sides of a trailer.

The Authority stresses that, in addition to providing a critical unique

feature on the vehicle to establish ownership and a special identification

for compliance with statutory provisions, the material characteristics of

the License plate also include retro-reflectivity and enhances plate

visibility thereby providing easy means of distinguishing

the registration information of the vehicle.

It is, therefore, unlawful that these plates should be tampered with.

Personnel of the DVLA and the MTTD will, in the next few weeks,

embark upon enforcement exercises to clamp down on these illegalities.

Any driver found culpable, will face the full rigors of the Law.

DVLA: YOUR SAFETY, OUR CONCERN.
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