Parliament approves controversial towing levy – Starr Fm

The Parliamentary select committee on Roads and Transport has okayed the payment of mandatory road tolls despite the public backlash.

In a report cited by, the committee said having perused the details of the proposal presented by the national roads commission and the transport ministry, the committee of the view that the initiative will be good for the country.

“ 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),” the portions of the committee’s report said.

The program was suspended by government in June after massive public opposition to the policy.

Some have questioned the basis for which the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) awarded the contract to the Road Safety Management Limited (RSML) a subsidiary of the Jospong Group owned by Businessman Joseph Siaw Agyapong.

Fees per year for both commercial and non-commercial vehicles, depending on tonnage, range from GHS20 to GHS200.

Questions 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.

Published on 1 August 2017 | 12:11 pm at Source