Director-General of the MTTD of the Police, COP Beatrice Vib-Sanziri, has said that some 80 police personnel within the Motor and Transport unit in Accra and Tema are expected to undergo the Motor Insurance Database (MID) training programme.
According to her, about 400 personnel are expected to be trained nationwide in the use of equipment to enforce the law on our roads.
This follows the implementation of the Motor Insurance Database policy by the National Insurance Commission which commenced on January 20, 2020 to curb the menace of fake insurance stickers plying the roads.
“This programme is for 80 selected personnel of the MTTD from within Accra and Tema and in all we intend to train about 400 personnel nationwide and these officers are intended to train others in their various jurisdictions in enforcing road laws,” she said.
“Aside the training, the National Insurance Commission has also promised to donate handheld devices to the police department to enable personnel to scientifically determine insurance stickers which are fake”.
“I assure the NIC that the handheld devices will be put to good to use in order to achieve the objective of this project,” COP Beatrice Vib-Sanziri said.
COP Beatrice Vib-Sanziri speaking at the launch of the training programme in Accra on Tuesday, February 10 reminded vehicle owners that it is important to exercise due diligence in purchasing insurance stickers.
“As much as possible, desist from buying them from wayside vendors because it is also now possible to check the authenticity of insurance by dialing a shortcode [*920*57#] which will be made available to the public through public education and sensitization,” she indicated.
Commissioner of Insurance, Mr Justice Ofori, on his part said the new MID technology will enable verification using unique Quick Response (QR) codes as well as USSD shortcodes on genuinely insured vehicles or ones plotted to be sold.
According to him, it is crucial to implement digitization in advancing financial inclusion in Ghana as it is one of the surest ways to cut the loopholes in the insurance sector.
“The implementation of the MID is the application of contemporary technology to revolutionize the practice of insurance in order to block leakages in our systems and also to protect citizenry,” he concluded.
Mr Justice Ofori said the Commission would continue to collaborate with the Police and other agencies like the Driver and Vehicle License Authority in enforcing the successful implementation of the Motor Insurance Database policy.