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20 July 2017

Parliament’s report will help us implement towing of disabled vehicles – Transport Minister

Minister for Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Thursday, stormed Parliament and told Members that his office is patiently awaiting a report from the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport on the implementation of the controversial Road Traffic Regulation, 2012 (L. I. 2180).

The said report, he noted, will help his office to take a decision in addressing the concerns that were raised by the public when the implementation the Regulation was due.

Mr. Asiamah said was responding to a question posed by the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Frank Annor-Dompreh on why the implementation of the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012 (L. I. 2180) has been put on hold.

In July 2012, Parliament passed the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012 (L. I. 2180) for the towing of disabled and abandoned vehicles on the country’s various road networks.

Following the passage, an agreement was reached between the government acting through the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) and the Road Safety Management Services Limited to carry out the implementation of towing the disabled and abandoned vehicles at a cost to the vehicle owners and motorcyclists.

However, the implementation was greeted with public outcry with some citizens of the land complaining bitterly about the outrageous amount being charged for the towing of the disabled and abandoned vehicles.

This, the Minister noted, informed his decision to direct that the implementation should be put on hold for further consultation on the matter.

“Mr. Speaker, when we got the issue of communication, it appeared that the education did not go down well with the public, hence, the various concerns raised by the public for us to put on hold the implementation of the service. To address the concerns of the public, I directed that the national road safety commission withhold the implementation to allow for proper consultation of the general public. As part of the consultation we have engaged the various stakeholders as well as the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport. We have also met various stakeholders including transport owners, operators, the media the civil society. I am therefore awaiting the report of the Parliamentary Select Committee to help me address the problem,” he noted.

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