Police to Stop Checking Drivers’ Licences and other Vehicle Papers in Obedience to IGP Orders


The Inspector General of Police(IGP), Mr John Kudalor has ordered all policemen to stop checking drivers’ licences and other related documents on the roads.

The order to stop checking drivers’ licences which came through a wireless message signed by Ransford Moses Ninson (COMPOL) reveals that personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) are henceforth not allowed to ask road users to present their driving licences and other vehicle papers for inspection.

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According Starr Fm reports, the message says that, “all motor checks in the country [are to be] suspended with immediate effect”. The message made it clear that the personnel of the MTTD will from now be used only for “traffic  management duties”. It also instructed commanders to “ensure that no permits are issued for motor check duties”. It further explained that inspection should only be carried out to check for arms, ammunition and drugs, and never for vehicle documents and drivers’ licences. The rule is to take effect immediately.

Although the reasons for this restriction was not specified, it is being perceived that the order is in preparation towards the imminent polls. It can be recalled that a similar directive was also issued by the police ahead of the 2012 elections. The focus on traffic management duties by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) is believed to be geared towards ensuring optimal security across the country before the December polls.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Kudalor has been working assiduously to ensure that there is optimum safety and security in the country before, during and after the upcoming 2016 elections. He is really bent on seeing that the police plays its own part well towards achieving the goal of a peaceful election. We would recall that he is also pushing for a social media ban on the election day to curb any chaos that may emanate from that angle.