Government throws out mandatory tow levy policy

A statement by the Roads and Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah said the decision was arrived at after a consultation with stakeholders in the transport sector.

In 2012, Parliament passed the Legislative Instrument 2180 [ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS, 2012]which in regulation 102 [3] imposes a mandatory levy on all owners and persons in charge of motor vehicles, for the purpose of towing broken down or disabled vehicles on Ghana’s roads.

But the implementation of the LI by National  Road Safety Commission (NRSC) was met with intense criticism and calls for a review of the policy.

The statement said that “upon consultations consequent to the calls, government has decided to seek a review of parts of the law specifically to achieve the following objectives:

  • Removal from the law, the concept of mandatory towing levy on all owners and persons in charge of motor vehicles and trailers.
  • The role of government in the provision of towing services will be limited to only licensing and licensing and regulating service providers.

The Parliamentary select committee on Roads and Transport had approved the implementation of the policy but modified the how the revenue was going to be distributed.

Fees per year for both commercial and non-commercial vehicles, depending on tonnage, range from GHȻ10 to GHȻ200.

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