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Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads


Re: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: Busanga
Date: 05-23 04:45 

I think your assessment of Mercedes Benz 207 is really biased.
First of all, Mercedes Benz cant be held responsible for these accidents. I can clearly tell you why:
1. Maintenance:
Trucks in Ghana are poorly maintained in order to save costs. Take a look at the trucks next time you are in Ghana and you will observe how 4 different type of tyres are running on a lot of trucks. The car owner has the responsibility to check that proper tyres are fixed.
2. Maintenance 2
Most cars have really worn out breaks therefore and have really long breaking distances. In any event, timely braking is almost a luxury. Accidents can therefore hardly be avoided.
3. Drivers
We all know most truck drivers in Ghana have barely no training at all, some of them not even capable of reading road signs.
In such a situation, you can drive the best car in this world and yet pose a danger to all road users.
I personally think we need to see it from our side and not from Mercedes Benz.
Most of these vans are really old and no longer road worthy and yet due to greedy and corrupt officials these vehicles are still running the roads of Ghana.
I live in Germany and none of these old vans will pass any road worthy test here and that is why they are sold cheap and exported to Ghana. Death Traps!!!
RE: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: Gloria bentil
Date: 05-19 18:23 

BAN BENZ 207 I DISAGREE WITH THE ASUMPTION THAT BENZ 207 SHOULD BE BANEDFROM OUR ROADS. THE PROBLEM IS NOT FROM THE BENZ.. IT IS FROM INCOMPETENT AND DRUNK DRIVERS. THEY JUST OVERSPEED, OVERTAKE EVEN IN CURVES. I THINK THEY SHOULD BE GIVEN UNANNOUNCED DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTS.DRIVERS WHO FAIL THOSE AND SOBREITY TESTS SHOULD HAVE THEIR LICENSE REVOKED FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS. THE POLICE HAVE GOT TO CHECK ON SPEEDING. THERE SHOULD FINE DRIVERS WHO OVERSPEED HEAVELY.I PROMISE THIS CAN HELP SOLVE THE EQUATION OF ROAD ACCIDENTS.
Re: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: Asantefuoba Asanteni Mapa
Date: 05-19 13:46 

[....."Interestingly, a letter from the Chief Staff and Minister for Presidential Affairs sabotaged the process of implementation of the biometric passports."...... ].

http://www.ghanatoday.com/index.php?option=news&task=viewarticle&sid=17459

Eeh, Kwame Mpianim again!

This man is vividly aware that his chances of becoming the country`s President has sliped off from him completely, so he is doing everything within his parameters to sabotage the current President also from success, and to bring shame to the government and the Presidency.

It`s true that some people cannot hide their true charachter and personality from official duties.

It`s so funny to observe that some people wanted to be classified as leaders in society, but they lack all the ingredients , or simply don`t know how to lead.

"Aboa bi be ka wo a, efiri Wo Ntoma mu"!

President Kuffuor, Please open your eyes on Kwame Mpianim before it is too late.

A word to the wise.......

Important notice for all Ghanaian Soccer Fans.

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=104368

Because of the extra demand in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup, which takes place in Germany from 9 June to 9 July 2006, the issue of visas will take considerably longer than usual during this period. Applicants intending to travel to Germany in the next few months are therefore requested to make an appointment as soon as possible (preferably 2 months before the planned departure date).

Football fans aiming to attend World Cup matches can call the special appointment hotline of the embassy, which is available only on specific days and hours.

PLEASE NOTE: When the Embassy is closed .

Please send your ticket confirmation by fax prior to your call.

When you attend your appointment at the Embassy, please ensure you bring the following documents with you:

-letter from employer

-bank statement

-travel insurance confirmation

-hotel booking confirmation or invitation letter

-World Cup ticket confirmation

The common ?Schengen" visa is a visa for short stays (tourism, visit or business) for the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

1. As of 26 March 1995, foreigners travelling to one of the afore-mentioned countries may receive a visa for a short stay of 1 to 90 days (maximum), which is valid for all these countries.

2. There is no legal right to a visa.

3. The visa application has to be presented to the Embassy of the country of main destination (determined by the purpose of the journey and the length of stay). If your main destination cannot be ascertained, the Schengen state through which you first enter the territory of these countries is responsible for granting the visa.

4. Different documents are required depending on the purpose of your journey. Additional documents or information may be required.

6. Processing time for a visa is generally 24 to 48 hours, for some nationalities 14 days.

7. Other types of visa (airport-transit, medical treatment, special visa, visa for longer stay and visa for taking up employment) are still subject to the national legislation of the country of destination.

The Embassy operates an appointment booking system. It is a 24-hour, fully automated visa appointment booking service .

All persons wishing to apply for visas to visit Germany MUST call this service in order to make an appointment in advance.Applicants must not attend the Embassy without first making an appointment. Admission without appointment is sometimes not possible.

In proven cases of extreme urgency ONLY, a special hotline is available Mondays to Fridays .Emergency cases may also be sent by fax .Please consider that the waiting time for these appointments may be up to 4 weeks.

If you are unable to make your appointment, please send a short note of cancellation to the Embassy via e-mail .

Please try to apply as early as possible. You may do so up to 10 weeks before you start your trip!

Application by post: If you have had a German Schengen visa from the German Embassy within the past 12 months, you may apply by post. In addition to the required documents please add a self-addressed "Special Delivery" envelope and the visa fee in postal orders. Please be aware that application by post can take eight working days. The Embassy does not assume any liability for the loss of documents submitted by post.

You do NOT NEED A VISA for Germany for business, personal visits or tourism if you are

- a citizen of the EU/EEA/EFTA

- a citizen of a country listed below

provided you are not going to stay longer than three months and you are not going to do any paid or self-employed work:

- a holder of a Diplomatic, Service or Special Passport from

Chad, Ecuador, Ghana, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand and Turkey

- a holder of a Diplomatic Passport from

India, Jamaica, Kenya, Macedonia, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Pakistan Peru, South Africa and Tunisia.

Citizens of any countries not mentioned above WILL NEED A VISA to enter Germany.

Please note that Travel Documents issued by some countries will need the same processing time. Travel Documents which are not recognised by Germany will need 4-8 weeks

What documents do I need for a Short Stay/ Schengen Visa?

You always need

A passport valid for at least three months longer than the expiry date of the visa. Visa application form with colour photo:

-IMPORTANT NOTICE- since 1 November 2005 visa photos must comply with biometric standards which are illustrated on the on this information sheet. Each child endorsed in a Passport and travelling too needs a separate application form with photo and birth certificate . A health insurance coverage and valid for all member states of Schengen. If you wish to receive your documents back by post one self-addressed Special Delivery envelope.

plus

Visitors visa

(family/friends)

A formal obligation (Verpflichtungserkl?rung) from your host in Germany. The formal obligation can be obtained by your host at his local town authorities in Germany ("Ausl?nderbeh?rde")

Business visa:

A formal invitation by fax from your business partner in Germany stating the kind of business, duration of the business trip(s) and a confirmation of guarantee for the costs of the stay.

A letter from your employer, stating how long you are employed with the company, the kind of business and duration of the business trip(s) and a guarantee for the costs including the health insurance .

Tourist visa:

Confirmed hotel booking covering all your stay in the Schengen countries. Evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay, e.g. recent bank statement, traveller?s cheques or credit cards ( only in addition to your recent bank statement also confirming credit limit). Please note that cash is no acceptable proof.

Proof of health insurance to cover the whole period of the visa?s validity. This can be a travel health insurance .

Evidence of occupation/student status: proof of your current occupation in home country. Either an origianl letter from your employer, solicitor, Company House or Chamber of Commerce or for students a recent original letter from your school/university.

Important: ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS MAY BE REQUIRED IN EVERY CASE

Notice for minors under 18: In addition to the above named documents they must produce a declaration from both parents authorising them to travel and stay in a Schengen country and appointing the person who will be responsible for them.

Holders of Schengen Visa are still subject to immigration control and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen countries.

Ghanaians must notice that empty insults solves no problem. Anybody trying to do so must first back it with good substance to give it a weight.

Germany is a law & Order country and things are done within the contents of the law.

There is no considerations and exceptions for people in higher positions, and everybody is treated equally before the Law.

There is no place for chaos and middle man positions in the system. It is a Federation , and every State within the federation has autonomy with its own State laws.

Assuming Ghana were to be a federal Sate, Anlo state for instance would have been at liberty to enact its own State Laws, and to make decision on which Visa applicant is qualify to enter its State .

Every State is independent from each other with its own State governor/ Prime Minister and government. Important decisions concerning the federal state are taken by the local federal States Parliament itself but not the national or Federation`s Parliament.

For instance, those applying for a Visa to Hannover will have their travel documents forward to the State of Niedersachsen(Lower Saxsony) for approval through the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Also for those who want to visit N?rnberg will get their papers approved by the Sate of Bavaria (Bayern).

Others who wants to watch the match in K?ln will get approved by the State of Wesfalia.

Please,note that the requirement differs from State to State.

If you are applying for an entry Visa into Germany, you have to specify the State in which you intend visiting in that country, and give good reasons for your visit.

Do not apply your Visa through a middle man. Avoid bribery to Visa contractactors.

Do it yourself!

And do not try to lie on the personal information you have provided. Any attempt to lie to the authorities would be find out later on, and that would cost you a lot , or even a repatriation at the immigration. Lies can also send you into jail !

You need to start the application processes so early to enable the particular Federal State you intend visiting have enough time to access your travel documents.

It is the Federal Sate you intend visiting that issues the Visa and not the embassy. The embassy is a representative of the country who only make sure that the informat?on you have provided on your Visa application is accurate, but the Federal State is the one that gives the go-ahead.

All those who are not looking for a expensive hotels but a private accomodation for their Visa application may try this link.

http://www.host-a-fan.de/

So Please do not say anything wrong against the German embassy.

Any blame whatsoever must be geared towards the Sports ministry of Ghana for with holding so much information away from the public view, but not against the country Germany. Since Germany is not a country of favouratism .

Those among you who thinks and feels that they satisfy the German immigration requirements, with a genuine ticket, but have been unfairly rejected, must formed a united front together and lunge an official complaint to the German Federation Government and the FIFA World Football Authorities through the Government of Ghana for official explanation and compensations.

It`s still not too late!

President Kuffour and the Ghana Ministry of Foreign Affairs can still come to the rescue.

http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,413950,00.html

The official motto of the tournament is "A Time to Make Friends." The world at host to a friend.

Your Reasons must categorically be based upon this:

"The world is at host to a friend" so why is the friend not prepared to be a good host to the guest, or friend?

You still have a chance, but you have to fulfil all the requirements because Germany is a law & Order country and you are sure to get a fair and acceptable answer.

Help us Write the Survival Bible Travel Guide.

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The Spiegel is the official Reader's Guide to Germany's World Cup Host Cities.

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Where is Berlin's best currywurst stand? What is the most memorable view from along the Rhine? Where can one find the best beer gardens in Munich? Tell us that one special place a visitor must see before leaving your city. Share your city's best-kept secrets: Is there a wild after-hours caf? hidden among Kaiserslautern's forests? Are Cologners really so friendly that their home deserves to be dubbed Italy's northernmost city? Tell us about your town's pride and joy, whether it's Maultaschen, Riesling or modern art. France has Bordeaux, but what about wine from Rheinland-Pfalz? Here's a chance to be an ambassador for your city and help make a visit to your town be the most memorable of the World Cup host cities.

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-- The Editors

Ones again the GFA has failed to educate the public on some basic things.

Next time the Ministry of Education and Sports must elect competent leaders to run the GFA.

An unforced error, or a complete blunder like this link below,is now the talk of the town among the soccer public in Germany and elsewhere. Why should this be allowed to happened in the first place. Such a gross incompetence has becomes a national disgrace to Ghana,and why ?

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=104458

Please dismiss the officials involved and elect past footballers who are innovative,and have managerial skills, knowledgeable in controlling,and also have organisation skills to replace this incompetent personnel. Not the Abedi Pele type of a manager!

Because this current Staff are there only to collect salaries without any meaningful work-done. They serve only their self interest and members of their staff alone,but do not even to serve,or protect the players interest, let alone open to the public.

You have people who claim to be lawyers and have knowledge in football administration,but they cannot even understand simple regulations and obey to the rules. This is more than a shame to the Football Association and a disgrace to the entire nation!

Where are players like Mohammed Polo, Adolf Armah, Marcel Desailly,Mayele Akwasi Appiah, Opoku Zico Nti,or even Albert Asase and Papa Arko, Frimpong Mayanga Manso, Francis Kumi, Dan Owusu, George Arthur, Kwasi Owusu, Kofi Badu, Kojo Addai Kyenkenhene,PSK Paha, Wulie Klutchey, Kuku Dadzie, Awuley Quaye, Baba Gambo, Essien, John Banermann, Ebo Mends,Joe Car,Nana Eshun ,Isaac Eshun,Akwetey Armah etc.

Some of them have at least a General Certificate of Education Advance level (GCE O+A Level) with rich experience in soccer to occupy these positions in the Football Association of the country. At least they have the interest of the nation and the players at heart. They would know how to motivate the players before a big tournament,

Isaac Boakye the darling striker for Amania Bielefeld is conspicuously missing out from this GFA list,and why.

This man has even scored against a very formidable side of Bayern Munich which is more better than 80 percent of the participating national teams coming for the FIFA World Cup.

By getting Isaac Boakye and Baba Amando Adamu out of the team means there is something seriously wrong somewhere.

Ghanaians must stand up against this fake deals beign cooked by some elements of the technical team.

Ghanaian Radio and television Stations in Germany especially Adehyeman in Hannover must object to this despicable selection.

I could once again see some business dealings in there with the local players among the list.

It`s all about a business trip again to Germany at the expense of national interest.

Ghanaians must Stand up against and condemn this!

Liz Baffoe, please use your influence on your brother Tonny Baffoe to correct the injustices in this bogus selection.

Tonny, you know football better than most of these so-called technical men in the national team. Like many Ghanaians in Germany,you know Isaac Boakye more than this fake trainer.

Please do something to rescue the situation until it is too late.

http://www.roo1.com/internetvideomag/

Had I known is always at last!

Who is in, and who is Out!

Black Stars Of Ghana:

Ghana squad:

Goalkeepers: Sammy Adjei (Moadan Sport Ashdod, Israel), Richard Kingston (Ankaraspor, Turkey), George Owu (AsantiGold).

Defenders:

Eric Addo (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Issah Ahmed (Randers, Denmark), Shilla Alhassan Illiasu (Asante Kotoko), Samuel Osei Kuffour (AS Roma, Italy), John Mensah (Stade Rennes, France), Habib Mohammed (King Faisal Babes, Ghana), John Painstil (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Emmanuel Pappoe (Hapoel Kfar Saba, Israel), Daniel Quaye (Hearts of Oak), Hans Sarpei (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany)

Midfielders:

Otto Addo (FSV Mainz, Germany), Stephen Appiah (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Derek Boateng (AIK Stockholm, Sweden), Haminu Dramani (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro), Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Sulley Ali Muntari (Udinese, Italy)

Strikers:

Matthew Amoah (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Asamoah Gyan (Modena, Italy), Razak Pimpong (FC Copenhagen, Denmark), Alex Tachie-Mensah (St. Gallen, Switzerland)

Who will make it to the final Line-Up in Germany.

Player B might have been good in January this year, but worse in May the same year.

Player F on the other hand, would have been very bad in January, but in a top form in May than Player B.

Names alone does`t count but current performance.

Don`t allow the GFA selection committee to decieve you again in the form of favouratism and personal preferences to enhance their own riches.

Be a watchdog for yourself to avoid complete disappointment again in the tournament.

Final Selection would be based on fitness test and current form.

The Germans are through with their fitness test.

http://www.roo1.com/internetvideomag/

Over to you Ghana Radio and televison commentators!

I told you so!

Isaac Boakye is conspicuously missing out from this GFA`s Official Line-Up ,and this controversy is going to make the Ghanaian Soccer Populace in Germany loose more confidence in Ratomir Dujkovic and his entire team!

Hey ,don`t mess with Asantefuo!

http://pub1.bravenet.com/guestbook/60622764/2

OK!

Stick to your Parliamentary issues and leave our Asanteman alone

"Akwada a, ose o`mma Oni nda no..........."

Continue the phrase for me.

Abodwese be too Anintonwi

Football is all about goal scoring and winning,but how would you trust a deffensive team like this Ghana squard to compete with other World Class national teams with good attackers like Italy, Czech and the U.S.A.

_____

Itali

_____

Tor / Goalkeeping:

Gianluigi Buffon, Angelo Peruzzi, Marco Amelia

Abwehr/ defence:

Cristian Zaccardo, Alessandro Nesta, Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta, Marco Materazzi, Fabio Grosso, Massimo Oddo, Andrea Barzagli

Mittelfeld/ Midfielders:

Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso, Daniele Rossi, Mauro Camoronesi, Simone Perrotta, Simone Barone

Angriff/ Strikers:

Luca Toni, Alessandro Del Piero, Francessco Totti, Alberto Gilardino, Filippo Inzaghi, Vincenzo Laquinta.

________

Czechs:

________

Tor/ Goal Keeping:

Petr Cech, Jaromir Blazek, Antonin Kinsky

Abwehr/Defence:

Zdanek Grygera, Marek Jankulovski, Martin Jiraneck, Pavel Mares, Radoslav Kovac, David Rozehnal, Tomas Ujfalusi

Mittelfefeld/ Midfelders:

Tomas Galasek, David Jarolim, Pavel Nedved, Karel Poborsky,Jan Polark, Jaroslav Plasil, Tomas Rosicky, Vladimir Smicer

Angriff/ Strikers:

Milan Baros, Marek Heinz, Jan Koller, Vratislav Lokvenc, Jiri Stanjner

_____

U.S.A

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Tor / Goal-keepers:

Kasey Keller, Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnermann

Abwehr/ Defence:

Steve Cherundolo, Addie Lewis, Eddie Pope, Oguchi Onyenwu, Cory Gibbs, Carlos Bocanegra, Jimmy Conrad, Chris Albright

Mittelfeld/ Midfelders:

Landon Donavan, DaMarcus Beasely, Clint Dempsey, Pablo Mastroeni, Cladio Reyna, Bobby Convey , John O`Brien, Ben Olsen

Angriff/ Fowards /Strikers:

Brian McBrida, Josh Wolff , Eddie Johnson, Brian Ching

Date: ----------- Time : ---------- Staduim: ......... Parings :

12.06.2006----- 21:00 ----------- Hannover ---------- Italy vrs. Ghana

17.06.2006-----18:00 ----------- K?ln -------------- Czech vrs. Ghana

22.06.2006----16:00 ------------N?rnberg --------- Ghana vrs. U.S.A

1/8 Final:

Date: ----------- Time : ---------- Staduim: ......... Parings :

26.06.2006------17:00 --------Kaiserslautern ------- Winner of group E v. Second of F

27.06.2006-----17:00 --------Dortmund ----------Winner of group F v. Second of E

This idiot has always leave Isaac Boakye behind, but when injuries, sickness and red Cards begin to set in during the process of the tournament, the whole nation becomes hopeless and useless up-front because of just one senseless person,called trainer Asumasi.

Call Isaac Boakye and Baba Amando Adamu now!

http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=1831414

It is obvious to observe that this useless trainer has a personal problem with Isaac Boakye and Baba Amando. If not then he should explain the reason behind their exclusion.

I`m also inclined to speculate that the controversial Abedi Pele who has caused so many divisions and unrest in the national team against the Kumasi Boys may be behind this circus.

My conclusion beign that, Isaac Boakye is beign managed by his rival Anthony Yeboah and that does not goes well with him,hence Boakye is also considered as his enemy Player.

Even, Germans who have no link with Ghana are laughing over this concert.

How can you nominate Hans Adu Sarpei who has had a very bad season in the Bundesliga to take part in the FIFA World Cup Tournament and neglect a good player like Isaac Boakye,who is among the best foreign strikers in Germany today?

http://www.roo1.com/internetvideomag/

Over to you Ghana Radio and televison commentators!

Had I known is always at last!

Hey, Abedi Pele, watch-out!

Football management is not for you, look elsewhere for trainer job.

Hannover Adehyeman are not going to welcome, or give you any entertainment at Akwaaba Hall should this nonsense continue!
Re: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: obaa yaa
Date: 05-19 13:03 

is it our incompetent drivers or 207 vans
This might not be the answer
Author: Frank Ohemeng
Date: 05-19 08:09 

Prof,
You did not give the causes of the accidents you listed. If they were not due to identified inherent faults with 207s then removing them from the roads might not be the answer.
I spent about 3 months in Ghana last year and I made a lot of observations about the spate of fatal road accidents in Ghana. The causes are many with poor driving skills and lack of vehicle maintenance being the most prominent. You would not believe the sort of manouevres these drivers engage in and they pay no attention to the time of day, volume of traffic or condition of the road.
There were several times that you negotiate curves to find oncoming traffic in your way. These drivers never slow down when negotiating bends, they overtake whether they can see ahead or not.
Coming to condition of vehicles it amazes me how these vehicles pass their annual road worthiness inspections and how they go past numerous police barriers. A significant majority have worn out second hand tyres most of them not even meant for the vehicles they are on.
One other thing that amazed me was the lack of political will to do something about this situation. I was in Ghana when three prominent Doctors died on the Accra-Kumasi Road. What was conspicuous was the silence of the political classes. They are to be heard daily on FM Stations but guess what: the topics were not about how to bring the Secretary of Transport to explain what is being done about this. My humble solution?
1. Set up clear national standards for vehicle condition and required maintenance. take off the roads all vehicles with no working instrumentation.
2. The road-worthiness certificates should carry the signature of the testing Officer and if accidents are known to have been caused by mechanical fault, the officer who last inspected should be made to explain him/herself as to why the vehicle last passed inspection;
3. There should be a certifying body that certifies imported second hand tyres before they are released for sale;
4. Videos on expected standards of driving should be made and all drivers should be made to watch them as part of re-endorsement of their licences;
5. There should be a name and shame policy where all drivers involved in accidents where they are adjudged to be at fault should have their photos displayed at the stations where they are based. Passengers should be warned not to travel with such drivers. Soon, car owners would begin to shun them and they might not drive again.
6. The Motor Traffic Unit of the Police force should be given an onerous target to reduce the number of accidents. If they do not meet the target, their commander should be made to explain at the point of losing his/her job.
6. Lastly, I think road signage should be improved and should be widespread. We can make use of solar power to erect signs all over the country especially at approaches to accident blackspots. These signages can also be used to warn drivers when there are hazards ahead.

I can go on and on. Our politicians should get active in this. If they would not, the general populace should demonstrate for something to be done. The opposition can consider this among the areas where Ghanaians are looking for leadership. Stop personal attacks and come up with solutions to the people's problems.
MB 207
Author: nii adama
Date: 05-19 05:51 

THE LAST TIME I CHECKED THE BUSES WERE NOT DRIVING THEMSELVES,HUMAN BEINGS ARE THE DRIVERS.THEY SHOULD BE EDUCATED ON PROPER ROAD USE AND NOT BE SPEEDING LIKE BATS FROM HELL.CAREFUL DRIVERS INVARIABLY SAFELY ARRIVE AT THEIR DESTINATIONS.
WHAT IS THE ALTERNATE CHOICE OF VEHICLES,MY DEAR DOCTOR?
Refuse to board 207 Van
Author: Henry - Sweden
Date: 05-19 01:28 

Those 207 vans are mostly owned by these law enforcers officials so they will kick against the ban on those vans. But they must be banned anyway!!!
Citizens should also value their lives by refusing to board these killer 207 vans. When passengers stop boarding 207 vans, nobody will ask the authorities to ban 207 vans.
Re: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: stanley glover
Date: 05-18 22:53 

many factors contribute to the carnage on our road and it too simplistic to point a finger at just the make of vehicle. the fact that Merc vans are the most popular people mover will more than likely place them higher in the statistics.To deal with the problem, all mini vans must have mandatory seat belts,random breathe testing of drivers, proper certification of vehicles and drivers, remove dangerous blind spots on the roads. This must be a small step forward. Thanks folks
RE: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: ama agyapoma
Date: 05-18 22:38 

How ridiculous! While you are at it, why don't you get rid of al alcohol, and get rid of all the corrupt people who give driver's licenses to illiterate's who don't understand oad regulations!
NONSENSE
Author: Kweku
Date: 05-18 20:51 

"Prof" you are on the wrong track.
1)Could bad driving be the problem
2)How about bad roads or over loading,or a combination of the above?
3)Poor maintenance? Some of these Benz buses require four wheels in the back, but are being operated with only two.
4)Could the high number of Benz buses in accidents be because there are a lot of them on the road as compared to other types of buses?
Let's not jump to conclusions.
Mercedes Benz207 off our roads
Author: joe
Date: 05-18 17:31 

The problem is not the Mercedes Benz Vans.The problem is the Ghanian drivers.
BAN 207 BUSES.
Author: Bulos Osei Kyeretwie
Date: 05-18 17:05 

NO,NO PLEASE,BANNING THE BUS IS NOT THE ANSWER.PLEASE GET THE BAD DRIVERS OFF THE ROADS,AND EDUCATE THE OTHERS.DVLA MUST SIT UP AND GET ANOTHER WAY TO TEST APPLICANTS FOR DRIVER'S LICENSE.
THAT IS NOT THE ANSWER
Author: pocket Lawyer
Date: 05-18 15:09 

That shouldn't be the answer to fatalities on our roads that involves mercedes 207 buses,the answer lies on good sense of judgement by drivers on our roads,overspeedings and unnecessary overtakings,vehicle roadworthy and indeed screening learner-drivers through proper examinations both practicals and theories before driving licences could be issued to deserved drivers,secondly,all vehicles in the country must each year go through technical checks,if there is no such system in the country, government must institute such measures,i don't think 207 mercedes benz buses are the problems,human erro must be blamed as well as illitracy syndrome that had eaten through driving profession in the country,most drivers in the country does not read nor write,therefore cannot read road signs,that is killing a lot of people on our roads.
THE ONLY SOLUTION IS ........
Author: SPARKY, USA
Date: 05-18 14:07 

There must be a major check point at the exits of all majors car stations where drivers would be mandatory check for alcohol/drugs influence prior to leaving the car lot, and it is the responsibility of the passengers on board to report the driver in case he tries to change with someone on his way. There is minimal accidents in abroad because the law is enforced by the people. Even it's against the law in abroad to take certain type of medicines and drive because of the intoxicants they may contain.Prevention is always better Ghanians. MAY THE VICTIMS SOULS REST IN PERFECT PEACE, AAAH GHANA WE NEED A CHANGE.
PEACE
yes get all MER off roads NPP
Author: canada-otis
Date: 05-18 14:07 

npp need to banned all this cars on road
All must help
Author: Adwoa
Date: 05-18 13:54 

l blame the drivers the license officer and the police, Drivers must wake-up to realise that peoples lives are in their hands.A mistake which killed your driver friend yesterday, why do you also make the same mistake.I want to ask, do drivers value their lifes? why do you over-speed knowing it can end your live, why do you overtake knowing anythings at all can happen in that few seconds. Remember when you die of such a mistake which could have been prevented, you have died a foolish death. Be patient on the road drivers, respect yourselves and the passengers you are carrying, don't forget they have paid you for the services you are giving them within those few minutes or hours.They paid you to take them to their homes safely and not to end their lives without them saying good-bye to their families and love one.To the police please love and enjoy your work even if the salary is small which everybody is aware, arrest irresponsible drivers who fail to rspect traffic regulations, let the drivers know that if they don't do the right thing they wouldn't get away with it, with this drivers will be careful when driving on the road. To The license officers kindly ensure license is given the right person. because one thing l have come to realise is that there is no difficulties in geeting license That is as far as you can move a car it then you can as well get a license. Please human life on earth is just once, and so we must value it and do all that we can to end pre-matured death like accident it is very painful to loose a re;ative through a car accident. l lost my uncle, his wife and their little girl on the same day in a motor accident on the kumasi raod in their own car so l know what am talking about, please let us together help to save dear lifes. God bless you.
RE: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: YAW BOADU
Date: 05-18 13:54 

I think the only obvious reason why Mercedes Benz 207 features in most of the accidents on our roads is that there are more of them, in proportion to other vehicles for passenger transportation in the country. In fact the Mercedez Benz 207, in terms of numbers, dwarfs or all other vehicles for all distance travels in the country, from tro-tro to long distance journeys. It is the preferred vehicle by private transportation interpreneurs, because of probably, its durability and economic viability. Rationally therefore, if there are accidents involving vehicles on our roads, the general perception of course would be that the vehicle which is the most prevalent on our roads is to blame. I am not advocating for the Mercedez Benz 207, but I think the incensing of blame against the vehicle is rather misplaced. Other contributors have made cogent suggestions as to how the carnage on our roads could be,at least minimized so I'm not going to bore anyone on that. Ghanaians are ingenious people. I have strong confidence that if the government advocates for an elevation of safety requirement for vehicles, such as a demand for seat-belts, I believe a lucrative industry would emerge to satisfy that requirement. Public sentimentization on this horrifying road accident debacle by the authorities, including our elected officials is not going to help anyone. If Mercedez Benz 207 is discontinued our roads for public transportation and nothing else is done about other counfounding issues, the road carnage is not going to stop. If we can all recall, it is only a few decades ago when the Nissan mini-bus was banned from long distance transportation of passengers for this same reason. At the time, that particular vehicle was ubiquitous in comparison to all other vehicles for public transportation, generating the same perception as the current issue with the Mercedez Benz 207. Bedford wooden trucks suffered the same predicament years ago and was actually banned for use in the transportation of passengers. What is happening on our roads is nothing new. It is simply that, core solutions have not been effectively sought.
OVER LOADED WITH AFRICANS
Author: "BAZOOKA" APPIAH
Date: 05-18 13:43 

IF YOU OVER LOAD A TRUCK WITH MANY PEOPLE, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO HAPPEN? THESE VANS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR CARRYING 100 GHANAIANS!
Rubbish
Author: ToTo
Date: 05-18 13:04 

Blame the drivers not the buses. The buses become weapons in the wrong hands not the other way round. The safety record of these buses stand up to scrutiny in the many countries where they are driven.
OUR ROADS
Author: K.A FITTER
Date: 05-18 12:37 

My dear DOCTOR, you are totally wrong, please do not mislead the country. Do you know how many Mercedes 207 are carrying goods in Europe and America? Did your statistic reveal TO YOU how many Mercedes 207 are on our roads AGAINST OTHERS? Did you try to find out the tonage or weight of Mercedes 207 against the passengers it should carry? What are the road clearance on mercedes 207 againt load or passengers? Did your statistic reveal how many of the vehicles on our roads without weigh bridge certificates? Did your statistic reveal how many of our road have speed limit signs on them and if not what should be the speed limit on those roads? If a Mercedes 207 is designed to cary for augumet sake 18 passengers as pasesenger truck, should that vehicle carry 20? If we will allow our drivers to take 18 adult as passengers, 6 children and 8 bags of cocoyam and three goat in the same Mercedes 207 designed to carry 18 passengers what do you expect? Do you blame the Mercedes vehicle for that or expecting a safe journey? Did your statistics reveal how many Vehicles on roads have mix tyres on them? Are you aware that mixing Michiline Tyres with any other tyres on a Cars or Trucks you are calling for death? Kwaku you are wrong the most impressive heavy trucks you can have across the world are MERCEDES AND VOLVO. Germany will never stop buying Cocoa from africa because it make their people fat, they will control them as how to eat it. Kwaku l challenge you that, it is about time we form an association to help our peole. NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION with you as a chairman. NGO no money matters. forgive my english l am a fitter
Re: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: DAVID GASONOO HARLLEY
Date: 05-18 12:33 

My brother its not only the drivers but the authorities and government.I say this because ask yourself why only a few died in the STC?????????????????
YOU SIT IN THIS 207 AND YOU BECOME UNCOMFORTABLE BECAUSE YOUR KNESS TOUCH THE NEXT SEAT OR BETTER STILL YOU HAVE TO BEND YOUR KNESS TO GO UNDER THE NEXT SEAT INFRONT OF YOU.SOME OF THE BUSES ARE TOO SHORT FOR NUMBER OF SEATS FIXED IN THEM.WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THERE IS A HIT AND IMAGINE THAT YOU WERE SLEEPIN.I TALKED TO SOME OFFICIALS OF THIS SITUATION AND ONE TOLD ME THERE WAS NO NEED TO SLEEP IN A BUS.SUPPOSSING THESE VICTIMS WERE AWAKE WHAT COULD THEY HAVE DONE TO SAVE THEMSELVES???
THE OFFICIALS SHOUD FIND A WAY OF SOLVING THIS PROBLEM AND STOP WASTING MONEY ON TALKING AND EDUCATING WITHOUT SOLUTION.CHECK THE SPACING AND SEATS AND FORGET ABOUT THE SO CALLED CAMPAIGNS ETC

DAVID GASONOO HARLLEY
GHANA
Killer Merc 207 people carrier
Author: abigiguy
Date: 05-18 12:28 

Just a quick comment on the Professor's submission.
Between January and mid-MAY 2006, there have been 3+12+17+13+8+38=91 fatalities(deaths) on our roads, all attributable to the "KILLER" Merc 207 (adapted) buses. We are not even looking at injuries yet.
Fact one: 91 lost lives in a space of five-and-a-half months (excluding injuries of all kinds) is a damn lot, to say the least.
Fact two: These vehicles were originally meant to be cargo vehicles, not people-carriers.
Perhaps earlier on in the life of the nation when there were shortages of every damn thing (including decent passenger-buses to transport people about), the thought came about to convert these vehicles into passenger buses.
In principle the notion was very fine. To some degree, they greatly helped out in the area of transportation difficulties, particularly in the rural areas.
Fact three: "Guns do not kill, people kill with guns". Much in the same way, Merc 207 by themselves do not kill. Reckless drivers who control them kill others with them. Therefore banning these vehicles in themselves will solve no problem. Same reckless drivers will continue to kill with other makes of vehicles.
Solution?
1. Ghana's roads are getting better and they become inducements for recklessness in driving, like overspeeding, improper overtaking, etc. All law enforcement agencies to do with driving in the land should be made to back their ideas up in the areas of ensuring good and safe driving. Any official found as colluding with anyone to the effect of not enforcing traffic regulations should suffer job loss and any other concomitant punitive measures.
2. Measures for speed checking should be rigidly enforced and there should be no compromise on that.
3. Commercial driving as a profession should be seriously promoted. Perhaps there should be a different licence for commercial drivers. That could help clamp down on unqualified drivers taking control of vehicles they cannot handle properlyor qualified to drive. At the moment it looks like anybody can drive any vehicle.
4. Drivers who flout traffic rules should suffer some penalties, like penalty points in their licences and when certain maximum points are reached, they should be banned for a period. Where there is a serious breach of a regulation, custodial sentencing should be applied.
4. Strict and regular maintenance of vehicles should be enforced. Punitive measures like financial loss could be applied.
One might dismiss all or some of my proposals as hogwash because they are already present in our statute books. If they are and yet accidents continue to happen at this alarming rate whereupon, as a nation, we only wail and wail and wail whenever these accidents happen but it becomes "business as usual the next day", then we are failing ourselves as a nation.
We must rid ourselves of the "fama nyame" syndrome in our national psyche and tackle the problems with all the decisiveness they deserve.
PUNISHMENTS SHOULD BE SWIFT AND VERY HARSH. PERIOD.
N A OBENEWAA & SLAVE LAKE
Author: kwaku
Date: 05-18 12:27 

To add to what SLAVE LAKE and NANA AMMA OBENEWAA have already mentioned, the Professor was off the mark and should have done a better job. My good friend slave lake, you know and I know that the mere fact that one has a PhD does not mean he/she has it all. There is book knowledge and there is wisdom.
1. Anybody can have wisdom irrespective of ones education.
2. Education helps one to analyze situations critically and give an informed opinion.
Some are lucky to have both, some have one, and others have none.
In this instance the Professor failed to use any of these attributes (Education &Wisdom).

I will like to add to what NANA AMMA OBENEWAA suggested in respect to issuance of drivers licenses. Before a commercial license is issued, the driver must go through a rigorous training program and the police should be empowered to check on all commercial drivers who operate without that training endorsement on their licenses.

I don't know but can someone update me. Do we have Commercial /& private license system in Ghana? I will like to know.
Mercedes Benz 207
Author: Royal , Seattle
Date: 05-18 12:24 

The issue is not the make of the vehicle as it is the owners, operators and regulators adherence to the manufacturer's specifications. Most of the imported vehicles into Ghana are usually modified to suite our purposes without regard to engineered specifications. That is recipe for disaster. Moreover we do not have maintenance culture. If we combine these with the reckless regard for other road users we have this deadly cocktail of spiraling deathtoll on the roads. The whole road transportation safety administration needs an overhaul. I think what we have now on the roads is just a sign of a failed system which needs a strong handed fix.
RE: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: Law
Date: 05-18 12:07 

Prof is calling for a debate on road safety here. All you guys who have investment in the trotro business are shaking in your pants. Leave the prof alone.
modify the statement.
Author: Bonna
Date: 05-18 12:00 

The problem is not with the Mercedes Benz bus but, the carelessness and unconcerned behaviour of our drivers. Drivers must face death penalties should they kill people like that. Why? because overspeeding and uncontrolled attitude is killing our people without any worry.

Here in the states, police will ensure you are seriously punished if you travel more than 5 miles per hour over the stipulated mileage/hr even though the roads are far better than ours in Ghana.

The maximum you can travel on the highways here in the US is 65miles/hour. Why do we give our drivers the freedom to kill people and go scot-free. It is very unfortunate but it can be addressed.
Re: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: Ewura Efua
Date: 05-18 11:48 

LET'S BE DECENT WITH THE CHOICE OF WORDS ON THE GHANAWEB !!!!!
IN THE SO CALLED CIVILISED WORLD, COMMENTS/RESPONSES WHICH CONTAIN OFFENSIVE WORDS ARE PROHIBITED OR NOT PUBLISHED.
PLEASE, PLEASE, LET'S RESPECT THE OPINION(S) OF OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEING. THAT IS WHAT MATURITY IS ABOUT.
Do not barn them
Author: Steve
Date: 05-18 11:39 

Some years back it was Toyota Hiace today it is 207. What have we done about the drivers? What percentage of the 207 accidents was due to mechanicl fault. Most of what I read is due to overtaking. The police should do what is expected of them.
Oh, Learned Professor !
Author: Akwasi Nimako
Date: 05-18 10:17 

Please, with all due respect I would like you to come again with a different theory.
Is it because of the poor conditions of our roads? or the reckless driving of some of our drivers that causes such accidents?

So, do you want to tell the whole world that if a BMW, Benz, Acura, Lexus, VW, Landcruiser, Etc. were involved in so many accidents then we can conclude that such cars are wrongly designed.

I don't how much research you did on this as a professor, but I think your theory is not convincing enough.

Thank you
farm vans not passenger vans
Author: BFLAVA
Date: 05-18 09:49 

I was in germany and saw that these vans are used for carry factory stuff like tomatoes, pepper and things like that, never even in germany was it used to carry farm workers, hence travelling people.

Another thing i realised too was these vans are not fitted with seats and when u look at them in Ghana , haaa they have been fitted with suame magazines, seats and make way doors which males it even more dangerous,

haaaaa again the overloading and the manner of the roads,

I think I construction of these our roads will kill people left n right.

In Europe like London, Or UK all their motorways are flat level and even though we have hills and mountains and engineeris have done a great job by making sure the roads are falt level to avoid those over floating cars after the speed to climp the hilsss, and that is where the accidents happen.

There should be proper checks as to the worthness of our import cars,

I think the govenment should make it a 5 yr rule considering the nature of our roads,
Kuffour change it to 5 instead of any car over the NDC 10 yr rule, that was better but u can do better by slashing it to 5 to bring in durable cars,

kuffour dont bring the 1976 cars and buses again, it all counts to the accidents,
marcapolo , hehehe
anyway a word ot the wise is opinons and views
FAKE SPARE PARTS
Author: Dugu Daya
Date: 05-18 09:38 

Until somebody in authority stops the mechanics and fitter using fake spares people will continue to die on our roads. There are more Mercedes Benz 207 buses on our roads because of their reliability. But the drivers can not afford the genuine parts. The prices of even fake spare part have triped in the last three years.
Re: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: amoa wade3
Date: 05-18 09:25 

DONT BLAME THE GUN, BLAME THE MAN
Please this cars...
Author: Migizigi
Date: 05-18 09:22 

I would be very glad if this Mercedes Benz 207 Vans are ban from going on long journeys before they wipe away many souls off this surface of the earth. The whole country is in serious agony due to that resent fatal accident. Please do something before we add more tears to our economic hardships.Thank you.
DR WHO?
Author: SARPONG
Date: 05-18 09:20 

Doctor, is banning this type of vehicle on our roads your best solution to alleviate the accident problem? Do you have any evidence of structural problems of this vehicle? Are you aware that there are more of this vehicle on our roads in Ghana as passenger vehicle than any other type , and as such logic dictate that they will account for most of the accidents? Did you take into consideration the behavior of the drivers of these vehicles? I have had an experience with a driver of a 207 mercedes vehicle in a minor accident on Accra Kumasi road. When the driver got out to survey the damage to both vehicles, he was smelling like the local akpeteshie bar and this was like eight o'clock in the morning. Most of these vehicles are brought to Ghana as salvaged vehicles, they have been written off after its have been involved in accidents but my greedy brothers in Germany will buy this vehicles and repair them on the cheap and ship them to Ghana to ply our roads. Doctor, its not the vehicle per se but rather a host of human errors and lack of morals by ouy diaspora brothers who doesn't car to send these vehicles to Ghana as deadly weapons.
Basic Statistic
Author: Kofi MD
Date: 05-18 09:12 

I'm sure this point has been made already. But a good example is for one to say "all Toyota Corollas off Kabul(Afghanistan) streets" due to their high incidence of accidents. One point that must be taken into account is that 90% of cars in Kabul are Corollas. Basic statistics.
Government to act
Author: Michael Anyesigi
Date: 05-18 08:40 

I think the writer is right. We also have to look at instance when the steering of these vans and trucks are changed for use in Ghana. What is the gurantee that they meet the standards set by the original manufacturer. Also The age and maintenance of commercial/passenger vehicles must be look at critally.Some vehicles are generally not roadworthy by virtie of physical inspection but the DVLA passes such vechicles on road worthyness. The government needs to scrutinise the activities of the DVLA regarding this issue. I also think some drivers are generally not careful and so the gorverment must make it mandatory that the GPRTU provides on vehicles details for complaints to be made. Such that if a driver was driving carelessly he can be reported to MTTU/GPRTU and records of this kept so that frequent offenders can be expelled to save the life of dear ones. Thank You
Argument Is Shallow
Author: Kwame Adu-Bonnah
Date: 05-18 08:29 

mr reporter, i find your argument that mercedes benz 207 vans are death traps on our roads to be very shallow. and before you think that i have any parochial interest, i want you to know that i do not own nor intend to own a mercedes benz 207 van. here are my reasons:

first of all, the various accidents you mentioned fail to tell us anything about the causes of the accidents. what if they were caused by driver errors rather than a component failure in the van? and even if they were caused by equipment failure, how could you blame it on poor product when you don't know the maintenance history of these cars? i hope that you are aware of the maintenance culture of our car owners and drivers in ghana-don't fix it if not broken!. i also hope that you are aware that there is always a huge risk with the type of "third" or even "fourth" hand parts we use when we are forced to fix broken cars.

secondly, we may have more mercedes benz 207s on our roads than any particular model passenger van, in which case the so-called high number of mercedes benz 207 getting involved in accidents may not mean much.

i hope your readers read this and more into your rather shallow article.
Ban 207 vans.
Author: Mama Animani
Date: 05-18 08:28 

Over here only passenger buses are allowed for long distance journey. I think Mercedes Benz 207 vans should be banned. These vans are really killing many Ghanaians. These transport owners can pool their resources together and buy buses. More buses and less vans will reduce the traffic on our roads.
Deal With Drivers&Not 207 Vans
Author: Kwasi Kwadwo
Date: 05-18 08:21 

The problem is not the 207 Vans but the Drivers.The best solution is to deal with the Drivers. If you ban the 207 Vans,
these same drivers will use their bad attitudes and unprofessional behaviours to drive other buses.
Re- Get all Mercedes 207 off
Author: George Otchere
Date: 05-18 08:18 

It is right to raise concern about the high number of fatal motor accidents on our roads. While I am not questioning the MTTU statitics quoted by Dr. Obosu-Mensah, I don't think the number of accidents on our roads would be reduced by banning one model of Mercedes vehicle unless if it is proven to be mechanically unsafe to driveon our roads. As a former accident investigator at Accra MTTU, I know that after an accident had occured the vehicle(s) involved is examined by a qualified Vehicle Examiner who produces a report as part of the investigation to help the Police to establish the cause of the accident.
Dr. Obosu-Mensah did not indicate what the major cause of these accidents were so if the causes of the accidents are purely human errors and not mechanical faults then I can not see replacing the Mercedes 207 with Mercedes Sprinter which is even a faster vehicle or Nissan Civilian would solve the problem. The Kumasi-Sunyani road where the most recent accident occured involving a Mercedes 207 is one of the best roads in Ghana so on this particular occasion we can rule out the condition of our roads as a major factor which contributed to the cause of the accident. If the report I read was correct then only 2 out of the 34 persons who died in that particular accident were not in the Mercedes 207 Mini bus. Therefore we need to look at the number of persons crowded into that Mini bus and see if that could have anyway contributed to that accident. It was also reported that the driver incharge of the Mercedes 207 Mini bus was trying to overtake a Tico passenger vehicle and in the process colllided with an oncoming State Transport Bus. Did the accident occur as a result of the Mercedes 207 driver's negligence?Was the the STC bus driver travelling at an excessive speed and was therfore unable to divert the Bus to avoid collision?. These are all lines of enquiries which are taken when motor accident occurs so I think for proper decision to be made, the government has to probe into the causes of the accidents Dr. Obosu-Mensah referred to in his letter and many others and if it is established that most of the accidents occur as a result of mechanical fault with the Mercedes 207 Mini bus then I would fully support the withdrawal of the vehicles from our roads. If on the other hand there were as a result of human errors then the right action should be taken to redress the problem, even if it is in the longer term. We live a a country where many drivers consider road markings to be just a kind of decorations. I remember during a visit to Ghana there was road safty awareness programme on TV and a driver was asked what he thinks the broken white lines in the middle of the road means and his answer was that "when they were marking the road the paint was nearly finished so they had to economise the use of the paint"

Our leaders need to share the concern of our people and so something about road safety and stop the unnecessary debate on bringing home convicted Ghanaian criminals of whom many are drug dealers and concentrate on issues that affect the rural areas, especially education and health. Unless we do well to educate the children in the rural areas, the next generation are likely to be born into ignorance and poverty and the circle would continue.

George
It is not only the car made
Author: jbz
Date: 05-18 07:57 

Thats is a good job but needs more findings. Just to add a little most of those accidents are also head on collision mostly out of wrong overtaking.The police need to sit up and don't just collect money from drivers without any education. Drivers too should learn to do the right and help one another. People just intensionally accelerate when being overtaking and that is very very bad.
Foolish Drivers to blame
Author: Pelicles
Date: 05-18 07:28 

Folks, can a gun release a hot lead into its target without somebody pulling the trigger? No. Can a 207 mini bus drive itself and involve in an accident without somebdy at the controls? No. So why holding the machines responsible but not the irresponsible and lunatic drivers? All those advocating for the removal of these vehicle off our roads are all brain dead. Let!s use our common sense a little bit. Please.
There are more to it
Author: Yaw
Date: 05-18 06:56 

Although your assertion to the reasons for the continuous accidents on our roads and the lives lost in the process may be true, there are more issues to the problem. Let us look at the mode of acquiring license by drivers who get behind wheels after serving as conductors for some months or years. Another factor is the maintenance culture which is very poor in Ghana and even some of our mechanics who would prefer to fix inferior or obsolete car parts on our vehicles. The fact is that mercedes vehicles are very durable irrespective of their make or model but the truth is that most of the engines imported to our dear country are very old and weak. The fact that most of the commercial vehicles involed in road accidents are of mercedes make does not mean they are not good. We have lots of things to change in order to keep our roads safe, the unions invovled in the transport business should educate their drivers often and the government can support this with intermittent training programmes. Finally the body responsible for the issue of licenses to drivers would have to take a second look at the existing mode of issuing licenses to drivers and come up with a much better alternative.
DR OBOSU-MENSAH
Author: BEAUTIFUL NORTH
Date: 05-18 06:54 

I find your argument standing on its head if the accidents are caused by driver error and not mechanical.
Don't Be Superstitious, Obosu-
Author: OBOSOM
Date: 05-18 06:37 

It's unfortunate, most accidents that occur on these roads ivolves Benz207 cars. Dear Dr. your suggestion that we remove these cars from our roads shows your lack of commonsense and the fear of God.Even in America and other western countries where there are first class roads and good cars, accidents do occur. This should tell us that in driving, we should always apply our commonsense at all times. It's the lack of commonsense that drives ghanaian drivers and passengers into their untimely deaths.What about some drivers who have handled these Benz207 for a period of time without accident?There is nothing wrong with Benz207 but 'merepe intem intem'behaviour on the part of these ghanaian drivers is causing untold hardships.I have been driving for 35 years without accident and i think we can still get people who've been driving for more than 40 years without accident.Dr. you sound so superstitious but there is no 'kakai' on the road.It's lack of commonsense and improper judgement that send people into their graves.
i agree with u bro
Author: serwaa
Date: 05-18 06:33 

they are even harmful than ford,this is a very good point.clear all of them from the street
Re: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: gee
Date: 05-18 05:57 

so called doctor its not the 207 its the ignorant overtaking drivers.give them helicopters they will still overtake unsafely
I don't think so
Author: nii lartey
Date: 05-18 05:39 

I DON'T THINK THE BENZ 207 HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE ACCIDENTS ON GHANA ROADS.THE PROBLEM IS THE DRIVERS OVER SPEEDING AND DOING OVER TAKING WHEN THEY NOT. WHAT I
THINK THE GHANA TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SHOULD DO IS TO STOP DRIVERS FROM DOING OVERTAKING THE POLICE SHOULD ENFORCE THIS ACTION ALSO OUR ROADS SHOULDN'T HAVE A BREAKING LINE WE NEED A SOLID YELLOW LINES PLEASE MR PRESIDENT ENFORCE THIS FROM THE OFFICE OF THE I.G.P DOWN TO THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT UNTO THE G.P.R.T.U THANKS
Mercedes 207 vans off our road
Author: E Martin
Date: 05-18 05:12 

I am suprise to read the article of Dr Kwaku. Yes, 207 vans get involve in acidents but Leave the buses at home and put the same DRIVERS in similar bus and you will get the same number of fatalities. Please forget about the vehicle and concetrate on the Drivers. I tried to visit Kumasi from Accra last year and I did 70 mile and returned to Accra just to stay alive. I had to steer into the bush twice to avoid an on coming vehicle which were overtaking with no regards to my car coming from the opposit direction. Dr Kwaku am full in support about your concern but please lets educate the Drivers because they control the 207 vans. Vehicles can't think they just work perfectly when you look after them well(regular service).
Don't blame Mercedes 207
Author: Steelbolz
Date: 05-18 05:07 

In my view, the issue is not the Mercedes Benz 207 bus. The reality of the situation is that most of the commercial passenger vehicles on our roads are either not designed to carry passengers, over-age or poorly maintained. I understand most of these vehicles are originally designed for cargo but end up being converted to carry passengers, often in numbers way beyond their carrying capacities.
Furthermore, poor road conditions,laxity of law enforcement as well as ill-trained and often intoxicated drivers are factors contributing to the high spate of accidents.
It is time for all stake holders to join forces to curb this menace once and for all!
Re: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: Mike Adams
Date: 05-18 05:05 

i think the govt just wana use this to bring moere buses.the question we need to ask ourselves is this is our road signs adequate? our roads are not good and traffic lights are not working. just afew think over it.
The Problem is With The Driver, Not the Vehicle
Author: Kwame Kumi
Date: 05-18 04:44 

It's unfortunate that all these accidents involve Mercedes Benz 207 vehicles but you haven't shown any evidence to prove that the cause of any or all of these accidents can be attributed to faulty design of the vehicle. In my view what appears to be is making this particular vehicle a notorious 'killer' is that currently it is about the most commonly used medium-size passenger transporter in the country.

All that's happening on our roads is directly attributable to the ignorance, carelessness and recklessness of the type of drivers who operate them. It's only when the MTTU and VELD perform their duties more responsibly and weed out incompetent drivers from the system that we could expect some sanity on our roads.
WRONG PRESCRIPTION 4 A DISEASE
Author: NANA AMMA OBENEWAA
Date: 05-18 04:43 

Dear Professor, I think your prescription is wrong for the disease. Firstly, long distance has little role to play in road accidents; accidents are not measured by distances. Secondly, Bus 207 is a machine under human actors and doesn?t influence human recklessness and indiscipline. Thirdly, to ban Benz 207 wouldn?t eliminate the underlying cause(s) of road accidents. Your attribution of a deadly phenomenon to monocausality is overly simplicity. Auto-accidents and fatalities are caused by and not limited to the factors stated below: (i) issuance of driver?s licence to drivers with little on no driving training (i.e. mates, family members as drivers) (ii) official corruption (turning a blind eye to enforcing the law (ii) drunkenness (iv) poor maintenance of vehicles (v) driving under the influence (vi) poor roads (vii) lack of road safety signs (vi) lack of a comprehensive nation (road) policy to deal with the problem etc. To suggest that we ban Benz 207 is a spurious contention comparable to an eccentric presupposition that we abort all male fetuses because 99.9 percent of the nation?s armed robbers are male criminals. I await your theoretical explanation framework in arriving at such a conclusion. Your suggestion is subjective using the normative interpretive model. Interestingly, sociology and causality is about analytical interpretation of a phenomenon/phenomena. Cheers.
Blame nobody
Author: Seth Bonsu
Date: 05-18 04:41 

All the blame should go to the police who don't do their job.Secondly, the maintenance of vehicles in Ghana are very poor.Check the tyres,check how people are loaded,check the speed and lastly the nature of our roads.
Mercedes Benz has already set a higher standard for itself so it's not their fault.
construction faults
Author: Agya Kwaku Bonsu
Date: 05-18 04:26 

its not a matter of banning these 207buses but its time for us to examine how these cargo vans are converted into passenger vehicles.are those in the building of van business qualified to do so and what are the standard set by the authorities,are the number of seats allocated to passenger vehicle safe for the vehicle to carry and if so has that been tested,are the way the seats are fastened in conform to take on sudden emergency stops,are their weight when full able to take on the limits of force to the brakes.well there are several issues that need to be looked into to safeguard are dear travellers and i hope the minister concerned will in collboratin with the mttu set up standards for passenger vehicles to comply,and which they will have to be periodically checked and rexamined to safeguard the welfare of the passengers.
Calls for Thinking
Author: NanaNii
Date: 05-18 04:15 

Hmmm, sounds like a good point there. But I will like to take it further before we crucify the benz 207's.
We need to ask ourselves what proportion of the passenger mini buses on our roads are benz 207's. If it turns out that a high percentage are benz 207's, then it's a matter of consequence that most of our accidents will involve them.
Say for instance all our mini buses are benz 207's, then all our road accidents involving mini buses will obviously involve benz 207's.
What I'm advocating is a scientific analysis of the writer's assertion, before we put a wholesale blame on the mini bus model in question.
Wrong driving/use of the MB207
Author: Kwame D.
Date: 05-18 04:06 

Dear Prof

Your comment is most welcome. Somewhere under the PNDC rule, the accidents involving Toyota Hiace and Nissan Urvan were just so high and the Government simply banned them from running passenger treks more than 40km distance.

This is the similar situation now. I am not the PRO of Mercedes but whilst on a German Government Scholarship, I was attached to Firma Mercedes for a project in Feinblechbearbeitung, that is Sheet Metal for Profile work. In this Mercedes company at Dueseldorf is where SPRINTER is produced. The standard of output is matchless in design and performance characteristics

I am not aware if 207 is currently being produced. But as we all know, we buy the 207 which is basically used for carting goods, bring it home and convert it to passenger bus.

Frankly, the 207 has been a source of supplementary income to many. In seeking admission at KNUST for my daughter in January 2004, we 'flew'in a 207 from Neoplan Station in Accra to Kumasi. It was no joke!

There is no technical weaknesses known with the 207 design. It is the way we use these vehicles, as our drivers continue to 'fly' these trucks.

Please let us all join the chorus in asking the Government to ban them just as the PNDC did to Urvans and Hiaces.
BLAME DVLA AND THE DRIVERS.
Author: KPABITEY
Date: 05-18 03:31 

AM SHOCK TO READ OR HEAR PEOPLE BLAME MERCEDES BENZ 207 FOR ALL THESE.ITS LIKE BLAMEING CHILDREN FOR BEING RUDE BECAUSE THEY LIVE IN COUNCIL ESTATES.THE PROBLEM HERE IS WITH THE DRIVERS AND DVLA.HAVE YOU EVER SEEN OFFICERS AT DVLA CHECKING A VEHICLE OUT BEFORE ISSUEING A CERT.NO YOU PAY AND OFF YOU GO.ANOTHER PROBLEM IS THE DRIVERS,ALMOST ALL THE COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DRIVERS DO NOT UNDERSTAND ROAD SIGNS,SO WHAT DO WE EXPECT.TRY DRIVING AROUND CIRCLE IN ACCRA,AND YOU WILL KNOW WHAT AM TALKING ABOUT.THESE SAME BUSES WE ARE TALKING ABOUT,ARE THEY NOT BEING USED IN GERMANY?WHY ARE THEY NOT HAVING THESE PROBLEMS.
Get All MB 207 Vans off Roads
Author: Rau (Human-rights activist)
Date: 05-18 03:25 

Please do not blaim the Producer at all. My dear brother, blaim the Leaders in our country. Don`t forget the Mercedes Benz 207 are made in two types. One is made or build with original seats. The others are build for only Cargo. Cargo cars are build to carry only goods not passengers. The brakes and the tyres are build Totale different, than the other one. At the same time the government allowed the owners of the cars to bye used damage tyres and spar parts. So please i think you do now understand why?.I can`t understand our Politicians at all. 95 % of our Leaders were leaving
in abroad before going home, but they are doing nothing against it. Just because 80 % Politician in the Parlament are corrupt .
Anthony Rau

Calls to ban secondhand tyres

Tema, May 16, GNA -- The executive members of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) on Tuesday called on the government to take a second look at the importation of secondhand tyres into the country as they contribute to the numerous accidents.

The association conceded that though some of the accidents are caused by human error, a lot are due to the use of too many secondhand tyres that have dominated the local market.

He said as a country, "we cannot live on cheap used goods forever indicating that the solution to poverty should not be the use of used goods else the nation would continue to suffer."

The President of the AGI, Mr Tony Oteng-Gyasi made the call when the executives of the AGI called at the Pioneer Food Cannery to console the management and staff on the recent accident that occurred on the Accra-Tema road, which claimed the lives of six of the workers and injured many others.

He called for the reactivation of the Bonsa Tyre factory in the Western Region, which would produce quality tyres instead of relying on cheap products that impact negatively on the people.

Mr Oteng-Gyasi hoped police investigations would delve deep into the cause of the accident as well as the quality of the tyres used by the vehicle, which was conveying the workers to work.

While urging the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to subject aspirant drivers to serious training before issuing them with their licenses and also ensure that drivers ply the roads with road worthy vehicles, the judiciary must also impose severe punishments on the offending drivers to serve as deterrent.

Mr Kwaku Antwi-Boasiako, Human Resource Manager of the PFC said three of the workers involved in the accident had their legs amputated and some are on admission at the hospital while efforts and being made to bury the dead.

He said the entire staff are being counselled by experts to help give the relief them from the trauma they went through during the incident. Mr Antwi-Boasiako hinted that the factory is faced with shortage of tuna, which is the raw material of production but efforts were being made to improve the situation. 16 May 06 Source:
GNA
RE: Get All Mercedes Benz 207 Vans off Our Roads
Author: Amina
Date: 05-18 02:33 

Does these Mez vans have seat belts?
A sociology prof hmmmmmm
Author: SLAVE-TEXAS
Date: 05-18 02:30 

From your narratives my brother,there is a problem that the minister of transportation should look into.If he could stop looking into the pink stuff between the white women legs.

Brother Anane,you are a disgrace to your profession.Go back to shoe shine pathetic creep.

Look here my brother Kwaku,your suggestion is politically incorrect.I will proudly give you a C grade for making such statement as a sociolgist.

As a sociologist,suggest certain safety measures the department of trasportation can use to reduced the problem.Why don't you go to Ghana and remove all 207 ben buses off the road and see whether you will make it back to Kotoka international airport.

Let's bring some matured and intellecual discourse into this forum and not jejune arguments.
No Machine Has Brain Use Yours
Author: Deedat Italy
Date: 05-18 02:06 

What are they trying to tell us? that the 207 Bus is a Killer? Ghana is not the only country with these Buses, The Real Killers are the Irresponsible Drivers, Banned them from any overtakin and Educate the Public to Report any of this Irresponsible behavior. No Vehicle is made with Brain Use Yours.
NPP Supporters Giv UrComments
Author: Deedat Italy
Date: 05-18 01:36 

Bill to bring home convicted criminals
The controversial Transfer of Convicted Persons Bill, alias "Eric Amoateng Bill" has gone through the first stage of legislation in parliament.

The Bill, when passed, would enable Ghanaians serving jail terms abroad to be repatriated to continue their sentences in Ghana.

The Bill was laid today by the outgoing deputy minister of Justice & Attonery General, Emmanuel Owusu Ansah, and was referred to Parliament?s Committee on Legal Constitutional and Parliamentary for consideration and report to the House.

However, some Members of Parliament(MP), especially those on the minority National Democratic Congress(NDC) say they would oppose the Bill.

The NDC MPs have argued that the introduction of the Bill is an attempt by government to prepare grounds for drug suspect, and Member of Parliament for Nkoranza North, Eric Amoateng.

Speaking to and Accra based radio station -JoyFM - Francis Agbotse, the NDC MP for Ho West said ?I don?t want to impute the motive that it is politically motivated. I don?t also want to accept that it is because of Eric Amoateng that this Bill has been brought?.

?I know that they are a lot of Ghanaians in various prisons outside the country due mainly to narcotic peddling. I don?t think it is time for us to have an Act where Ghanaians outside because of personal matters, not for the nation, be transferred to Ghana to serve sentences?.

?Our prisons are already full. I don?t think it?s the right time for this Bill to be introduced?, he said.

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