Director of Planning and Programs at the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), Mr. David Adonteng, says in view of the increasing road accidents the authority is considering the re-introduction of the halted road tow levy to reduce crashes on the country’s roads.
He said if the road tow levy aimed at towing broken down and abandoned vehicles on the roads to improve road safety was implemented many accidents could be avoided.
Speaking on Adwenekasa, Friday morning, he questioned why critics of the mandatory road tow levy gave no alternative solution to address the situation which is causing loss of lives and properties.
“When they kicked against its [road tow levy] implementation without suggesting any other alternative to improve safety on our roads, should we sit aloof?” he quizzed in an interview with Kwaku Owusu Adjei, adding “The National Road Safety Authority knows exactly what it is about; if possible, let bring back the Mandatory Tow Levy”.
The move comes after 14 persons perished in separate road accidents in the Greater Accra, Ashanti, and the Northern Regions on Wednesday.
Scores of people believe the accidents especially, the one where a commercial vehicle ran into a breakdown truck near the Tesano Police Station in Accra could have been avoided if the stationary truck was towed away.
Mr. Adonteng said the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) is in discussion with the various stakeholders to find a better solution to the problem if possible they will amend the mandatory road tow levy which its implementation has been met with public outcry.
“We are discussing maybe there would be an amendment in the planned road tow levy or a new policy will be introduced – we should take action. When we first introduced the levy we had backing, we are a data-led institution. This is a suggestion that if the levy was implemented certain road clashes wouldn’t have occurred.”
“All over in abroad, we have this policy in various forms. In some countries, insurance companies are mandated to carter for such costs. Other parts of the world too, it is subscription-based and you are enquired to provide documents to DVLA to ascertain your vehicle would be towed away by an authorized body when broken down on the road,” the Director of Planning and Programs at NRSA argued.
“Ghana, let us consider if we do not like the old policy; let make amends and eradicate the menace. Let not sit idle as people perish; let us take action and the time is now,” he added.
Road Tow Levy
Regulation 102 (3) of the LI 2180 (Road Traffic Regulations 2012) 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 the roads.
Its introduction aims at curbing down road accidents and improve the safety on the country’s roads which has become a leading cause of death.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana