Controversial Mandatory Tow Levy To Be Reviewed
| Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 6:00pm
Controversial mandatory towing levie has been put on hold for a review, that's according to a deputy Minister for Information.
Mr. Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, said the implementation of the law which mandates vehicle owners to pay an annual mandatory towing levy is to re-engage and rework on the Legislative Instrument, (LI).
“The suspension is to offer us a period to re-engage, and to look at the possibility of redoing this L.I and its implementation framework so we can solve the problem, but not in a manner that makes people feel they are being ripped off,” Oppong-Nkrumah told host of Morning Starr Tuesday.
“There is been a lot of interesting ideas that have come up in the last one week… that can help solve the same problem in other means.” He said.
Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah admitted there was very little sensitization about the LI’s implementation.
“The other leg is the fact that, this is becoming clear that, they were very little public sensitization and engagement on this…when this L.I was passed.”
Adding that: “There have been very little sensitization and consultation. And the view of the transport ministry or view of government is that it is important to suspend now and get back to the drawing board.”
The government suspended the implementation of a mandatory road towing fee which was supposed to be effective from July 1 2017, vehicle owners and motorcyclists will pay compulsory annual fees, tied to the acquisition of road worthy certificate, to cater for towing services and a fee of between GHS40 and GHS100.
Meanwhile, the decision has received massive support from the public.
A statement signed by Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, explained that public outcry against the levy was enough to Endorsing the government from its implementation.
According to the Minister, it will scrap the Legislative Instrument LI 2180 backing the implementation of the mandatory tow levy.
The LI was passed in 2012 under the NDC government to empower the National Road Safety Commission to charge all motorists a levy ranging from 10 to 200 cedis based on tonnage.
The plan set for implementation July 1, 2017, triggered massive backlash as gauged on social media.
Government suspended the plan twice - first in June for further consultations and in August after endorsing it for implementation following consultations