Govt backs down on towing levy

Government has cancelled the controversial towing levy which was originally scheduled to have started in July this year.

The decision comes after the mounting of opposition that greeted initial attempts by government to institute it.

The policy would have imposed a mandatory fee on all vehicle owners in the country to enable the contractor evacuate broken vehicles on roads across the country.

A statement 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 1st July, 2017.

“This follows extensive consultation between the minister for transport and stakeholders in the transport sector.”

The statement signed by Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, noted that the government will seek a review of the contract.

“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 concept of a mandatory towing levy on all owners and persons in charge of motor vehicles and trailers.

In 2012, Parliament passed the Legislative Instrument 2180 [ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS, 2012]which in regulation 102 [3] imposes a mandatory levy on all owners and persons in charge of motor vehicles, for the purpose of towing broken down or disabled vehicles on Ghana’s roads.

 

Story: News Desk

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