LICENCE Plate Manufacturers have been cited for alleged sabotage and engaging in some nefarious activities against the Driver and Vehicle License Authority in its quest to digitise the registration system in Ghana.
In an attempt to block financial leakages in the sector and maximise more revenue for the state, the management and board of the DVLA have introduced high security and digitised trade licensing, which is also aimed at improving efficiency and security.
The DVLA is working within its mandate to contribute to the overall government agenda of digitising the economy whilst significantly enhancing the ease of doing business in the country.
However, an ongoing investigation has revealed that the move is facing a stiff resistance from a cabal of license plate manufacturers who have teamed up with some self-seeking elements within the authority to form a dangerous and powerful “mafia” bent on sabotaging the entire transition because it is going against their personal gains.
Significantly, with the introduction of the Hologram on the DV plates which has exposed fraudulent activities within the plate manufacturing enclave, the DVLA has recorded a huge increment in revenue in less than a month.
To appreciate the gravity of the threat and loss in revenue, it is reported that an average of 7,000 DP plates are sold every month at a cost GH¢154 per plate and the number would triple after the successful roll out of the new digital platform.
In 2019, the total number of DV plates sold was 17,000 at a cost of 350 per plate. Therefore, the total revenue realised from DV plates was five million, nine hundred and fifty thousand Ghana cedis (GHC5,950,000).
Ironically, at the turn of 2020, the DVLA instructed the plate manufacturers to submit the plates to the authority for HOLOGRAMS to be embossed on them with security features before they are issued out.
This simple but effective undertaking by DVLA revealed that for just 18 days, from the period of 2nd to 20th January, 2020, a total of 23,000 plates were sold, generating a whopping amount of eight million and fifty thousand Ghana cedis (GHC8,050,000) which raised a huge eyebrow matching the figures against 17,000 plates for the whole of 2019.
Clearly, this was enough testaments that the old system was flawed and thus necessitated the introduction of a robust and secured digitised system to block all revenue leakages.
But, an ongoing investigation points to a group that has links and friends at high places who have vowed to prevent the new registration technology from fully taking off.
However, it is also a wake-up call for government, law enforcers and national security apparatus to delve deeper into the shocking developments that are threatening the operations of DVLA which could cost the nation millions of dollars.
Story: Ato KEELSON
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