DVLA To Probe License Acquisition
The Driver and Vehicle License Authority has introduced refined processes to the acquisition and renewal of driver’s licenses to help reduce road accidents.
According to the authority, clients pursuing new licenses and renewals will undergo a more comprehensive eye test at accredited facilities.
Formerly, an eye test was conducted by the DVLA officials, but a thorough analysis of the license issuance process revealed some loopholes, hence the need for expert involvement.
Speaking to the media, the Director of Driver Training, Testing, and Licensing at the DVLA, Kafui Semevo hinted at some challenges with the current eye test regime, adding that the proposed change will help make driver’s licenses issues comparable to those in developed countries. ” We also observed after review that the test that is conducted is even not up to standard.”
It is restricted to only examination and narrow vision in the eye of the driver.
The test fails to recognize how wide the driver can see”, he added.
Meanwhile an Optometrist at the Ghana Police Hospital, Dr. Remi Ninkpe explained their role in the partnership. ”We are doing it minimally, but we need to expand the national standards so that when we have a driver’s license in Ghana, it is comparable to those elsewhere.”
In the past, the vision was checked for each eye. Our signages are color-coded, but many people have color problems ”, he said.
Akosua Marfowaa Diana