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05 August 2017

No decision yet on towing levy – Minister – Starr Fm

The Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has said government is indecisive on the implementation of the mandatory towing levy, despite clearance by parliament.

The parliamentary select committee on Roads and Transport okayed the payment of the implementation of the policy Wednesday despite stern public backlash.

The committee said having perused the details of the proposal presented by the national road safety commission and the transport ministry, it is of the view that the initiative will be good for the country considering the spate of accidents.

The parliamentary approval was, however, met with massive outcry, with the likes of Bernard Mornah, the National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC) describing the move as “sickening” and a clear rip-off.

“That’s what all this is about and anybody can think through,” he told host of Morning Starr Francis Abban Friday August 4, 2017.

“It is an unnecessary levy. It is more than nuisance levy. It is an attack on the collective intelligence of the people of Ghana.

“It is an assault on us by the state to come and take from us and go and give it to some individuals,” he added.

But speaking on Thursday on Starr Today, Mr. Ofori-Asiamah called for calm as government fine tunes modalities for the implementation of the policy.

“Government has not yet taken a definite decision on the matter,” he stated.

Government, he said will study the recommendations from the committee and in consultations with the relevant stakeholders a decision will be taken.

“The Ministry’s decision will be communicated to the general public,” a statement from the Ministry Friday said.

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