NewsWest AfricaGhana: Police to introduce spot fines to curb graft

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Posted on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 16:48

Ghana: Police to introduce spot fines to curb graft

By Dasmani Laary

Ghanaian police will start imposing spot fines on traffic violators, as a measure to curtail perceived corruption in the service and minimise carnage on the roads perpetrated by ill-disciplined drivers.

After almost two years since the planned introduction of the spot fines regulation, the police said the system is now scheduled to be implemented by the end of the year following parliamentary approval of 38 offences that shall require the fines and acquisition of high tech gadgets by the service.

we are putting together information about all vehicles in the country and their owners onto an electronic data system

Spot fines were initially intended to be rolled out in 2013 by the motor traffic and transport department, a wing of the Ghana Police Service, but suffered a hefty setback after transport operators rallied against it, citing lack of consultation and education.

But top police official, Alexander Kweku-Obeng said this week that the police have embarked on an aggressive public education campaign, acquired "more than enough" logistics and received training towards full implementation of the system.

"We have received a lot of equipment, and as I speak we have sent it across the country to our officers, we are putting together information about all vehicles in the country and their owners onto an electronic data system to enable us monitor them," he said.

"When the spot fine law is implemented, there are so many benefits, it will reduce the perception that the police are always corrupt, raise tax revenue for government and check indiscipline on our roads."

The police justified the implementation of the spot fines saying it will seek to speed up court adjudication processes, reduce pressure on police handling traffic cases, and ensure compliance of traffic rules, which are often violated with impunity.

The regulation 157 Legislative Instrument 2180, 2012, when in force on the scheduled period, violators of minor traffic offences will receive instant punishment ranging from five to 50 penalty units or 60 to 600cedis.



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