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02 August 2017

Parliament okays controversial towing levy

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport has approved the implementation of the controversial mandatory towing levy to be imposed on vehicle owners inspite huge public disagreement.

The law which was to come into force on July 1, 2017, was suspended in June to enable the Transport Ministry to hold stakeholders engagements, following the massive backlash it received.

In a report seen by Kasapafmonline.com, the committee noted that after a detailed study of the proposal presented by the National Road Safety Commission and the Transport Ministry, it holds the view that the initiative is in the country’s interest considering the high accident rate.

The committee furnished with necessary information from various stakeholders and having addressed their concerns as provided in its recommendation, recommends the early implementation of section 102 of the road traffic regulations 2012 (Li 20180),”  the committee’s report read in part.

Fees per year for both commercial and non-commercial vehicles, depending on tonnage, range from Ȼ20 to Ȼ 200.

The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) introduced the service to ensure that the country’s roads are cleared of broken down vehicles that are abandoned and which cause accidents.

The NRSC awarded the contract to the Road Safety Management Limited (RSML) a subsidiary of the Jospong Group owned by Businessman Joseph Siaw Agyapong.

 

 

 

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