14 February 2013

Ghana: DVLA Introduces New Number Plate

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has introduced a new number plate, coloured green, which the Authority refers to as 'Probation Plate or P - Plate'.

This plate, which is expected to last for one year, would be given to people who have gone through the written examination and driving test, and instead of issuing them with their licenses, this would be given to them.

This was disclosed by Alhaji Iddrisu Huseini, Regional Licensing Officer in charge of the Tema branch of the DVLA, in an exclusive interview with the paper last Wednesday.

According to Alhaji Iddrisu Huseini: "This will enable experienced drivers on the road to identify them and exercise restraint for them, or tolerate them, which will gradually help them to gain their confidence on the road.

"Globally, there are statistics to show that when people graduate as drivers, or when they acquire their driver's license for the first time, they panic and commit petty mistakes on the road, and for that matter, they need to be identified as first time drivers, or newcomers on our roads.

He explained that during the period, when one is found to have committed minor offences, as per police standards, the Authority would withhold his or her license and extend their time.

On the other hand, he continued, when one is found to have committed serious offences, such a person would be referred to go for re-training before he or she would be allowed to use the P - Plate again for another one year, before being issued with the original license.

This, he pointed out, was DVLA's own way to ensuring that Ghana gets experienced and competent drivers on our roads. The process was started in January this year.

Alhaji Iddrisu Huseini called on vehicle owners, especially, individuals and corporate bodies who require the services of drivers to man their vehicles for them, to endeavour to check the backgrounds of these drivers before they hire their services.

He said while some of our commercial drivers use fake driver's license, others lack the requisite proficiency and expertise needed, hence the high rate of accidents on our roads.

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