Controversial Towing Levy No More Mandatory

| Updated Sep 07, 2017 at 5:46pm



Senior Minister Osafo Maafo says owners of broken down vehicles will now pay for the cost of towing their vehicles after the service has been provided,.

The Minister said when he met with the owners of towing companies in Accra on Thursday.

The decision to meet with these companies comes after the public rubbished the law forcing government to scrap the initial annual mandatory tow levy policy.

Government in June put on hold, the implementation of the law which mandates vehicle owners to pay an annual mandatory towing levy, following public uproar.

Passed in 2012, the LI 2180 was given five years fallow period after which it would come into effect in 2017. But just two weeks before its implementation, the general public incensed by the decision, called on the government to scrap the levy.

Fees per year for both commercial and non-commercial vehicles, depending on tonnage, ranged from GHS20 to GHS200.

Under that contract, the RSML would have been entitled to 85% of all levies collected.

Government has also directed the towing companies to register with the Transport Ministry so they can begin work.

Mr. Maafo said "Today we will end up asking you to go and register the services you provide. Naturally, people will have some questions and we want to listen to your concerns if any because this policy which was supposed to start has been stopped.

"There is the need to provide that service so we are asking those who have the capacity to provide the service to register through the appropriate ministry and provide the service to those who need it, and those who receive the services to pay for it,” Mr. Maafo said.