Lack of supervision; cause of corruption at DVLA – Former DVLA boss

A former Chief Executive Officer of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Joe Osei Owusu is blaming the increasing rate of corruption at the authority on the lack of proper supervision.

He said the corruption there is a clear indication of culpability by managers of licensing in the country.

Undercover investigations at the DVLA established a license racketeering network of officials at the DVLA and some deviants who issue licenses to unqualified individuals for the personal monetary gain of those officials and deviants.

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show however, the former DVLA boss stated that it is only through serious monitoring and supervision that the corruption at the DVLA can be stopped.

He cited examples saying, “people were being passed for written tests they have not taken. Results were being manufactured in people’s names and the data being sent. That is a supervisory failure at the respective centers.”

Now, there are concerns about why many of such investigative pieces, despite the overwhelming evidence usually do not get admitted in court to help in the prosecution.

A private legal practitioner, Egbert Faible Jnr explained that there are challenges with how investigations like Anas’ video could be admitted in court.

He explained that “videos and recordings are admitted but they are subject to the strictures of admissibility of evidence. Relevance is one, authenticity is one and authenticity has so many broad headings under it.”

Mr. Faible noted that ghost recordings and recordings without consent of individuals may not be admissible in court.

By: Efua Idan Osam/