On Sunday (4 August), motoring in Ghana will undergo a dramatic change - from that date, vehicles will be driven on the right, rather than the left-hand side of the road.
GV Traffic through streets of Accra (2 shots)
GV & CU Signs reminding drivers of switch-over date, August 4 (4 shots)
GV Traffic through streets, still driving on left
SV Brigadier Akuffo addressing mesting of professional
CU and GV Drivers listening(3 shots)
LV Brigadier speaking
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Background: On Sunday (4 August), motoring in Ghana will undergo a dramatic change - from that date, vehicles will be driven on the right, rather than the left-hand side of the road. And, as a final preparation for the change-over, the Government has banned the sale of liquor in bars and hotels on Saturday night (3 August). The penalty for effences against the order is a fine of 200 cedis (GBP33 sterling) or six months imprisonment.
The Government has spent three million cedis (GBP 1 million sterling) on the change-over operation. Posters and hoardings, reminding motorists of the new law, have sprung up all over the country and the Government has launched an extensive publicity campaign in the other communications media.
On Thursday (1 August), a seminar was held in the capital, Accra, to brief people directly concerned with driver education. Those present included vehicle inspectors, driving school operators and instructors, and members of the police traffic unit.
The seminar was opened by Brigadier F. W. K. Akuffo, the Army Commander and Chairman of the National Committee on Right-hand Traffic. Brigadier Akuffo said he expected the change-over to be smooth, but expected some traffic problems for two or three months. The Brigadier hoped also that the seminar would provide the opportunity for free and frank discussions on all aspects of motoring.