The Ghana Police service has cautioned all unauthorized persons and institutions who have installed and are using sirens and horns to cease the practice or risk prosecution.
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Director in charge of Training and Research at the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, DSP Alexander Obeng said 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).
He added that, the law is therefore clear on who can install and use motor vehicle warning appliances including bells and sirens in their vehicles.
DSP Alexander Obeng explaind that the law lists categories of entities permitted to install and use sirens and horns as follows:
- a government vehicle used for official purposes by the Head of State
- a Police vehicle
- a motor vehicle used by the Fire Service
- a motor vehicle used as an ambulance by a hospital or clinic
- a motor vehicle used by other recognized Government security agencies
- a bullion vehicle registered by the Licensing Authority.
DSP Obeng said it is therefore an offence for any person, not within the above listed entities, to install or use sirens and horns.
The warning, he noted also goes to authorized users to desist from abusing the facility, as they shall face the law upon arrest.