The Upper East Regional Branch of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), has disclosed that, the withdrawal of police to conduct checks on motorists and vehicles plying various roads in the region, has taken a severe toll on their revenue.
According to Assistant Regional Director of DVLA in-charge of Technical, Mutawakil Abdulai, the ban on traffic checks by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, has allowed many road users use unregistered their vehicles, thus affecting revenue levels of the Authority.
Speaking to Citi News in Bolgatanga, Mr. Abdulai said they register lower number of vehicles and motorbikes compared to previous years as a result of the directive.
“There was a ban on MTTD of the Ghana police service from enforcing road traffic regulations on registration, road worthiness, Licensing and other duties, and once the police are not on the road, it will be difficult for you having people to come to the office to register their motorbbikes and vehicles after purchase. This has affected our revenue because if we register less motorbikes and vehicles, we get less revenue and if we register more we get more revenue.”
Mr. Abdulai advised persons in possession of unregistered vehicles and motorbikes to register them to avert further sanctions when the ban is eventually lifted.
“It is the interest of motor and vehicle owners to register their assets due to the high prevalence of motor snatching and the use of motor bikes for robbery in the region.”
Provisional figures from the Upper East Regional office of the National Road Safety Commission indicates that, 250 crashes involving 389 vehicles were recorded in 2016, with 260 persons injured and 90 deaths.
By: Frederick Awuni/citifmonline.com/Ghana