The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), says it has noted with concern the manner in which vehicle owners and drivers embellish their vehicle number plates in fragrant disregard to provisions in the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012 (LI 2180).
In a statement, the DVLA said the illegal activities include embossment of wrong insignia, the use of other nations’ flags in place of the Ghana Flag, Italicized lettering on the number plate, the use of colours that are different from what is prescribed by Law; the embellishment of number plates with different colours, not having fixed number plates on the front rear of vehicles.
The Authority is reminding the motoring public that while Regulation 12 of the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012, L.I. 2180 makes it clear that the number plate of a motor vehicle or motorcycle shall be embossed with a Ghana flag and the country identification mark ‘GH.
Regulation 7 states that a person in charge of a motor vehicle shall fix a number plate in a manner that makes the number plate not to be easily detachable, in an upright position or within fifteen degrees of that position and in a manner that makes each letter and figure legible.
Besides, Regulation 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012, L.I. 2180 also stipulates that a person in charge of a motor vehicle number shall fix the two number plates on the front and rear sides of the motor vehicle, and on the front and rear sides of a trailer.
The Authority stresses that, in addition to providing a critical unique feature on the vehicle to establish ownership and a special identification for compliance with statutory provisions, the material characteristics of the License plate also include retro-reflectivity and enhances plate visibility thereby providing easy means of distinguishing the registration information of the vehicle.