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Ban Importation of Second-hand tyres ends in September

In a stakeholders’ engagement in Accra, the Minister of Transport, Dzifa Ativor in speech read on her behalves said, all is set for the implementation of the ban.

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Minister of Transport, Dzifa Ativor

The Ministry of Transport will start enforcement of the law  banning s second-hand tyres   effective September, 1 2015. The law was passed iin 2012 in response to data from the Metro Transport and Traffic Unit of the Ghana Police that  showed that 15 percent of road accidents in the country are caused by sub- standard tyres.

In a stakeholders’ engagement in Accra, the Minister of Transport, Dzifa Ativor in speech read on her behalves said, all is set for the implementation of the ban.

“ We have completed the installation of a scanning equipment at the ports which will scan 20,000 tyres  a day. We are motivated to implement the law which will address the situation of substandard tyres causing 15% of accidents “

The minister’s statement also revealed that all stakeholder engagements have been finalized.

The enforcement of the law means that among other things, tyres that are more than four years old from the date of manufacture, labelled C and meant for cold areas, have portions of the cord exposed; those that are under-inflated, over-inflated, have a limp or bug and worn out, cannot be used in the country.

The Director of Planning and Programmes of the NRSC, Mr David Osafo Adonteng, told journalists in Accra that the regulation was aimed at ensuring safety on the roads and preventing road traffic accidents, since tyres contributed to 30 per cent of all fatal crashes.

He also said a study conducted by the NRSC had shown that most of the tyres used by vehicles on the roads were substandard.

Mr Adonteng added that in furtherance of the ban, a taskforce comprising representatives of the NRSC, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) and Vehicle Tyre Dealers Association, would visit the offices and premises of all interest groups from May 1, 2015 to August 30, 2015 to address all related concerns to ensure a smooth implementation of the regulation.

Regulation 62 of the Road Traffic Regulation 2012, LI 2180, provides that the importer of a motor vehicle or trailer shall ensure that the motor vehicle or trailer “is fitted with pneumatic tyres manufactured for use in hot and normal areas labelled temperature Class A or B”.

In addition, importers are to ensure that tyres are of the specified size and can withstand the maximum permissible loads of the motor vehicle to which they are fitted, meaning a saloon car tyre should not be used by a pickup.

The regulation also specifies that importers are to make sure that vehicles or trailers are fitted with tyres whose pressure is specified by the vehicle manufacturer, and that the maximum thread depth of all categories of tyres must be 1.6 millimetres.

It indicates that anyone who drives or is in charge of a motor vehicle should ensure that the vehicle is equipped with a spare tyre that meets the required standard and is inflated.

According to the regulation, a person who contravenes the regulation commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to, among others, a term of imprisonment of not less than 30 days and not more than three months.

Mr Adonteng explained that substandard tyres did not only refer to used tyres, since some new tyres could also be substandard, adding that the reference is to all tyres, whether old or new, that do not comply with Regulation 62 of the Road Traffic Regulation.

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