Ghana: NIC teams up with MTTD to fight fake car insurance policies

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The National Insurance Commission (NIC) has joined forces with the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) in an operation in the Eastern Region to crack down on vehicles with bogus motor insurance policies.

The exercise culminated a national training of trainers (ToT) and orientation program organized for senior commanders and senior police officers from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department across the 18 administrative regions of the Ghana Police Service on the Motor Insurance Database (MID).

The MID which was launched in 2020 had to check the insurance stickers in the system.

As part of the exercise, of the 120 vehicles stopped and inspected by the two organisations, 20 were found to have fake insurance and were immediately issued with an insurance policy.

Addressing the participants of the event, Dr Justice Ofori commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare for ensuring that the Motor Insurance Database (MID ) was working.

“Using the MID for law enforcement on our roads has not only provided support to the insurance industry, but I believe it also helps police in their road traffic investigations to protect lives. and innocent property. Drivers and vehicle owners have become more cautious and more sensitive to the modus operandi of fraudsters,” he said.

He pointed out that the recent spate of road accidents has become a major concern for Ghanaians.

“As stakeholders, the police and the NIC can only work together to help minimize the canker of false insurance and also to ensure that adequate compensation is paid to affected victims through valid insurance claims” , said Dr. Ofori.

According to him, the statistics available from the MTTD Police indicate that the months of January and February 2022 saw a reduction in the number of deaths on our roads which stood at 469 against 517 recorded at the same period last year.

The Director General of MTTD, Commissioner of Police (COP) Mr Francis Aboagye Nyarko commended the NIC for its commitment and determination to continuously support the police in the enforcement of the Road Traffic Act 1958.

“Through our partnership with the NIC, there has been a great improvement in our road traffic policing. The Commission has been our long-time partner and sponsor. They have helped us a lot in terms of training programs for s “to ensure that we bring a level of common sense to our roads. There has been a monumental improvement in terms of traffic management,” he stressed.

He said the objective of the program was to expose MTTD commanders to be able to understand, interpret and apply the dynamics of MID in the performance of their supervisory duties.

COP Nyarko said the training covered an overview of the MID and how to use GoTa phones to detect fake insurance stickers, and a review of operational activities on the MID app.

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