Monday, August 21, 2017

Scrapping Of Tow Levy Big Victory – GPRTU

11:53:00 AM

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has commended the government following the cancellation of the compulsory tow levy.

Government has canceled the mandatory towing levy after a section of Ghanaians strongly opposed its implementation.

The policy would have imposed a mandatory fee on all vehicle owners in the country.

This was to support a towing company tow broken-down vehicles from the roads across the country to support ensure traffic safety and reduce accidents.

A statement from the Transport Ministry announcing the cancellation of the contract said: The government has decided not to implement the mandatory towing levy which was scheduled to have commenced on 1 July, 2017.

This follows extensive consultation between the Minister of Transport and stakeholders in the transport sector.

The statement signed by Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, noted that: Upon consultations consequent to the calls, government has decided to seek a review of parts of the laws specifically to achieve the following objective: Removal from the law, the idea of a mandatory towing levy on all owners and persons in charge of motor vehicles and trailers.

Speaking on this development in an interview with Paa Kwesi Parker-Wilson, host of the Ghana Yensom programme, on Accra 100.5FM on Monday August 21, Robert Sarbah, Vice Chairman of the GPRTU said: I think this is a victory for all of us. This is fine considering the public outcry that came following the passing of that levy by parliament.

I will urge the drivers to maintain their vehicles to prevent breakdown of those vehicles on the roads. They will need to find a means of towing the vehicle off the road immediately they are damaged.

He added: We cannot rejoice over this while nothing is done about the disabled vehicles on the roads. We want the government to adopt a fine policy to remove all those disabled vehicles on our roads.

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