The Ghana Committed Drivers Association (GCDA) has kicked against the mandatory tow levy expected to be rolled out in September.
The Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport has given the green light to the project which has generated a lot of public uproar.
However, the GCDA said: “The association want to declare that we are not in favour of this towing levy.”
It is therefore calling on the government and other stakeholders involved to “halt the implementation of the mandatory towing levy,” a press statement issued by its chairman Charles Danso demanded.
It has therefore served notice it will demonstrate against the levy if its demand falls on deaf ears.
Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Road said the policy will be good for the country considering the spate of accidents.
“The committee furnished with necessary information from various stakeholders and having addressed their concerns as provided in its recommendation, recommends the early implementation of section 102 of the road traffic regulations 2012 (Li 20180),” portions of the committee’s report said.
Fees per year for both commercial and non-commercial vehicles, depending on tonnage, range from GHS20 to GHS200.
The program was suspended by the government in June after massive public opposition.
Some Ghanaians have raised concerns over the decision of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) to award the contract to the Road Safety Management Limited (RSML) a subsidiary of the Jospong Group.
Concerns relating to whether the payments will be tied to a number of vehicles towed and how the activities of the towing services are going to be monitored are yet to be answered.
The Parliamentary select committee is, however, urging the service provider to consider paying part of their fees to the National Health Insurance Authority and the National Ambulance Service.
Published on 3 August 2017 | 8:39 am at Source