A new secular from the office of the president has it that, all government officials using state cars with sirens are banned from using them in public.
A secular from the office of the president has banned all government officials from using sirens in the country.
The use of siren among government officials has become the order of the day,, whereby many people tried to the siren for their individual purposes.
The sirens are supposed to be used during emergencies but some government officials use them to pave way for themselves when they find themselves in traffic.
This has made it difficult for citizens to be able to identify the difference between an ambulance siren and a normal car siren.
It has led to the death of many individuals who suffered the issue of not getting the opportunity to be rushed to the hospital because some people mistook the ambulance siren as a normal government vehicle siren.
The nuisance associated with government officials disturbing road users with their sirens seems to have gotten the attention of President Akufo-Addo who has directed some appointees to stop using sirens.
In the statement, President Akufo-Addo warned his appointees to adhere to the rules on use of sirens or risk prosecution.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the said ban on the use of sirens covers Ministers, deputy ministers and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCES), CEO’s of government agencies and some staff of the presidency.”
The abuse of sirens by government officials and security personnel has long been a concern for most road users who have to endure the roguish acts of such illegal siren use.
In 2017, the police issued a statement announcing a crackdown on the illegal use of sirens.
“Regulation 74(2) of L.I. 2180 provides that … a person shall not fit on a motor vehicle a warning appliance other than a type approved by the Licensing Authority (DVLA). “The law is therefore clear on who can install and use motor vehicle warning appliances including bells and sirens in their vehicles,” a statement issued by the police and signed by Supt. Cephas Arthur, the then Director of Public Affairs
List of entities permitted to install and use sirens
1. a government vehicle used for official purposes by the Head of State
2. a Police vehicle
3. a motor vehicle used by the Fire Service
4. a motor vehicle used as an ambulance by a hospital or clinic
5. a motor vehicle used by other recognized Government security agencies
6. a bullion vehicle registered by the Licensing Authority