The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority [DVLA] in the Northern Region has revealed plans to roll out mobile inspection of cars, tricycles and motorbikes with the view to process them for registration.
The move is to ease the process of vehicle registration to enable the authority meet its 2017 revenue target of GHC2.15 million.
Vehicle owners throng the premises of the DVLA in Tamale on daily basis for registration.
But a lot of motorbikes and tricycles plying the roads of the metropolis are not licenced.
The DVLA on the first working day of 2017 recorded a very slow pace in the registration of vehicles.Between the hours of 6:00am and 9:00am, only eight vehicles and 10 motorbikes had arrived for registration.
Alhaji Abdul-Razak Abubakar, who registers motorbikes each year, told TV3 his choice of registration numbers are one, two and 73.
“For five years, I have been shuffling between number one and two but in 2015 I took 73 which is my house number that was because some people had already applied for those two numbers. [In] 2017 Insha Allah, I am getting number one because I applied early”, he revealed.
Regional DVLA Manager, Frank Gesese, said applicants for special numbers applied months to the close of the year, hence do not anticipate any chaotic scene.
“Mostly we register motorbikes with few cars before the year ended. Those interested in special numbers, especially 1-9 applied for the numbers which lasts three months after the application and enables us decongest the system thus reducing the rush”.
He also revealed activities of ‘goro boys’ [illegal agents] that characterize registration processes will soon end with the institution of a front desk at the authority.
“What we have realized is that those who try to do that goro duty are staff of the embossment companies who have been here before the arrival of some of our staff.
“We have realized they feel comfortable dealing with the goro boys but we’re looking at ending this once our front desk is constituted,” he added.
Meanwhile, the region registered 5,548 motorbikes and 570 cars in 2016.
The sector exceeded its revenue target, raking in over GHC1,86million
By Zubaida Ismail|TV3|3news.com