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Guidelines to regulate the operations of ride-hailing transport service operators in the country have been introduced by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA)
Under the guidelines, drivers and owners of Uber, Bolt and Yango vehicles are to pay a total of 120 cedis every year at the DVLA as vehicle verification and authentication fee.
Owners of these vehicles are to present the vehicles at the Digital Transport Centre at the DVLA headquarters at Cantonments in Accra, together with the Vehicle Registration Certificate for verification and authentication.
They will pay a 60-cedi fee for the verification and authentication process, a statement issued by the DVLA dated November 7 announced.
“Having successfully signed up, the vehicle must now undergo roadworthy examination and certification every six months as it is the case for all commercial vehicles,” it stated.
For the ride hailing companies, they are required to now submit to the DVLA, proof of company registration and can only sign on only drivers and vehicles “verified and approved” by the DVLA.
They are also required under the guidelines, to “submit quarterly reports in the form as agreed with the Authority”.
Why the guidelines?
The DVLA explained is intended to provide general information to all drivers, vehicle owners, digital (ridesharing platform) transport system companies and the general public, about requirements for operating and signing up to a digital transport platform in the country.
The guidelines, it said, was drafted in consultation with the Ministry of Transport, National Road Safety Commission, the MTTD of Ghana Police Service and other key stakeholders.