The Greater Accra Region registered the highest number of new vehicles, 26,212, in Accra, Tema, and Weija for the first quarter of this year.
The Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA) office in Accra recorded 12,237; Tema 8,141; and Weija 5,834.
The number of vehicles registered for the whole country, according to the Public Relations Manager of the DVLA, Mr Kweku Darko-Aferi, increased from 41,828 in 2012 to 49,537, representing an 18 per cent increase in vehicles from January to April.
“The Weija office recorded an exceptional increase of 236 per cent in its vehicle registration activities as a result of its proximity to a private vehicle test station”, a DVLA quarterly report stated.
Incidentally, Accra’s roads have remained about 1,600 km, which raises issues of worsening traffic congestions.
“Obuasi, Cape Coast and Koforidua offices, for instance, suffered the worst decrease in performance of about 25 per cent, 24 per cent, and 20 per cent respectively over the previous year.
Five other offices recorded marginal decreases in the number of vehicles registered.
The decrease in registration activities at Obuasi, Cape Coast, Koforidua and other offices, according to the report, could be attributed to the growing preference for registration numbers issued from some particular regions. For example: GW, GE, GR, GB, GT etc. issued in the Greater Accra Region.
In the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, 5,607 vehicles have been registered, as against the 4,581 registered within the same period last year.