The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has opened a new vehicle testing station in Tema.
The station, which is sited at Community 25 near the Kpone barrier on the Tema-Aflao road, is the fifth DVLA approved vehicle testing station in the Greater Accra Region.
Drivers in the Tema Metropolis and its environs had complained severally about the inconveniences they faced in renewing their roadworthy certificates due to the distance between Tema and the four testing stations situated at Oyibi, Weija, Dome and Kuntunsi.
According to the drivers, apart from having to drive through traffic congestion to these stations, they were also forced to join long queues leading to waste of working hours.
Alhaji Huseini Iddrisu, Deputy Director, Vehicle Inspection and Registration of the DVLA, told the Ghana News Agency on Monday that all the needed physical installation of the inspection machines has been done.
He said the new station was a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project between the DVLA and Elie Company Limited (ECL), a Ghanaian company.
He again noted that the opening of the station would ease the inconveniences drivers and vehicle owners faced to register or renew their road worthy documents.
The Deputy Director also announced that his outfit was in a PPP agreement with another company to establish another vehicle testing station at Afari area in Tema community 22.
Alhaji Iddrisu said apart from the inspection of commercial vehicles at the offices of the DVLA, inspection of private and government vehicles had been outsourced to the private inspection stations through PPP agreement.
He however stated that the DVLA would in the near future fully handover testing of all vehicles to the PPP station.
He explained that the process for establishing such a station involved the presentation of a proposal to the DVLA, after which when guidelines and requirements such as the land size to be used for the project, location and equipment would be spelt out.
He further indicated that DVLA would then supervise the construction of the station and the installation of the testing machines.
He said when the project is completed, DVLA would then provide some staff to the station while the company would also provide the other needed staff to run the place.
Alhaji Iddrisu said all the vehicle testing stations had four lanes dedicated to the testing of motor bikes, saloon cars, mini buses and heavy duty vehicles, in that order.