Business News of Sunday, 1 February 2015
Source: Graphic Online
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has taken delivery of 501,000 electronic roadworthy stickers.
The stickers have been deposited at the central stores of the DVLA at 37 in Accra for collection by the various DVLA offices in and outside Accra.
The Accra Regional Manager of DVLA, Mr Noah Tetteh Matey, told the Daily Graphic yesterday that the roadworthy stickers were despatched to the central stores last Monday, January 26, 2015.
Mr Matey was speaking with the Daily Graphic in reaction to complaints by some vehicle owners that DVLA offices had run out of roadworthy stickers.
The car owners claimed that the DVLA officers had rather given them cover notes to protect them against arrests by the police.
Mr Matey denied that there was a shortage of roadworthy stickers in the system. He claimed that checks by his outfit at the various DVLA offices in Accra showed that they all had enough roadworthy stickers. He said it could be that the vehicle owners who complained of shortage of roadworthy stickers might have contacted the wrong people at the DVLA offices.
“We have not run out of supplies of roadworthy stickers. Even three days ago, we took delivery of a truckload of roadworthy stickers.
“All our offices say they have stickers,” he said.
The electronic roadworthy stickers capture important information about vehicles for easy identification.
The information includes the use of the vehicle, colour, make, mode, registration number, expiry date and sticker number.
Besides, a section of the sticker contains some codes which can only be verified by the police with the help of special electronic gadgets.
Roadworthy stickers are given to vehicle owners after a thorough inspection of vehicles and clearance that they are in good shape and could be used on the road.
The stickers are renewed every year, therefore, it is an offence to drive a vehicle with an expired roadworthy sticker.
The police enforce the use of valid roadworthy stickers by arresting offending drivers. While some of the offending drivers are cautioned, others are sent to court and fined.
Mr Douglas Anane-Frimpong, a car owner, told the Daily Graphic that he went to the DVLA office at Weija last Wednesday, January 28, 2015, to renew the roadworthy sticker for his car. He said he spent more than four hours in his bid to get his car tested.
Mr Anane-Frimpong also said after passing the test, the DVLA officers told him that they had run out of roadworthy stickers so he should come back next week for his.
He indicated that the DVLA officers wrote a note on the test form indicating that he was waiting for his roadworthy sticker.