Owners of commercial vehicles asked to make maintenance a priority

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Engineer David Osafo Adonteng, Director of Planning and Programs at the National Road Transport Authority (NRSA) has asked owners of commercial vehicles to make the maintenance of their vehicles a priority.

Engineer David Osafo Adonteng made this statement after 11 persons perished with scores in critical condition following a gory accident involving a cargo truck and two buses at Kyekyewere on the Accra- Kumasi Highway in the Eastern Region .

The fully loaded Burkina Faso bound DAF Cargo Truck from Accra direction heading towards Kumasi burst a tyre and veered off its single lane, crushing two buses fully loaded with passengers from Kumasi to Accra.

Reacting to the news on Atinka FM’s AM Drive, hosted by Ekourba Gyasi, Engineer David Osafo Adonteng, Director of Planning and Programs at the National Road Safety commission (NRSC) explained that vehicle owners usually leave the maintenance of their vehicles to the mercy of drivers who often than not do nothing or less, with respect to maintenance.

Engineer David Osafo Adonteng noted that  the NRSC’s investigations with drivers in the past revealed that vehicle owners sit unconcerned when drivers raise complaints about the maintenance of the vehicles.

“We have spoken with the driver of the Burkina Faso bound DAF Cargo Truck and he told us that his tyre got burst when he got to Kyekyerewere which resulted in his vehicle veering off its single lane and eventually crashing into the two buses. It is time we had a discussion with the other side, I mean the car owners of these vehicles. It’s the duty of the car owners to make sure that vehicles are worthy for the road. Some of the car owners do not listen to complaints brought by the drivers of their vehicles forgetting that it can harm others”, he explained.

He noted that the accident is being investigated and that at the appropriate time the findings will be made public.

Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Vivian Adu Boatemaa