The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) has served a notice to embark on a demonstration in two weeks if government goes ahead to implement the mandatory tow levy. This was after Parliament’s approval of the tow levy. When implemented, vehicle owners will pay a mandatory road safety fee each time they renew their road worthy certificate at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA). Fees per year for both commercial and non-commercial vehicles, depending on tonnage range from Ghc20 to Ghc200. The program was suspended by the government in June after a massive public outcry with groups and individuals raising concerns about the form the program will take. COPEC believes the program must be reviewed as wide consultations were not done before parliament’s approval. Duncan Amoah is Executive Secretary of COPEC and has vowed COPEC will hit the streets if the approval is not reversed in two weeks. Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a road safety consultant, Godfred Achia Danquah for his part said claims by government that it did wide consultations before the approval is untrue. However in all of these, National Chairman of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Kwame Kumah said the road towing levy is a good initiative which will help reduce road accidents, hence all must put any grievance aside and embrace it.
By: Sandra Ofosuah Afram (Dip1E)