Government withdraws controversial mandatory towing levy

| Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 11:00am



Government has decided to halt the implementation of the mandatory tow levy which was scheduled to have commenced on July one this year.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Minister of Transport Kwaku Ofori Asiamah.

The discontinuation is as a result of various consultations between the Minister of Transport and stakeholders in the Transport sector.

In 2012, Parliament passed LI 2180, Road Traffic Regulations 2012, which in the 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 roads.

An announcement by the implementation agency, the National Road Safety Commission that the LI will be implemented on July 1 was met with public outcry.

Upon Consultations and subsequent calls government has decided to seek review of parts of the law to achieve some objectives.

This includes removal from the law the concept of a mandatory towing levy on all owners and persons in charge of motor vehicles and trailers.

Also the role of government in the provision of towing services will be limited to only licensing and regulating service providers.

Government says it renews its commitment to the Policy position that broken down vehicles ought to be removed from the roads to prevent accidents.

It adds that new modalities for dealing with broken down or disabled vehicles will be formulated and announced in due course.