Mandatory towing levy scrapped

Government has scrapped the mandatory towing levy promulgated in 2012 and scheduled to have been implemented last month.

The policy came under nationwide criticism particularly as regards its mandatory clause on motorists.

The Ministry of Transport, consequently, suspended implementation, announcing plans to widely engage stakeholders.

But in a statement issued on Sunday by the Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, the policy will not be implemented after “extensive consultations between the Minister of Transport and stakeholders in the transport sector”.

The statement said government will go back to the drawing board to consider parts of the law such as levying all owners and persons in charge of motor vehicles and trailers and limiting the role of government to only licensing and licensing and regulating service providers.

As per the Legislative Instrument 2180 passed in 2012 with a five-year maturation period, commercial and non-commercial vehicles were to pay between GH¢20 and GH¢200 as annual levy.

But the statement stressed that government is committed to the policy, that broken-down vehicles contribute largely to road accidents in Ghana.

“New modalities for dealing with the problem of broken down or disabled vehicles will be formulated and announced in due course.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

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