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.
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