Titus Glover (middle) checking one of the fake documents with the officials of the DVLA
Titus Glover, Deputy Minister of Transport, says government will work in close collaboration with the security agencies to clamp down on the activities of middlemen, popularly known as ‘goro boys’ at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).
According to him, government was losing a lot of revenue due to the activities of the ‘goro boys’ who closely work with some staff at the DVLA.
Mr. Glover, who disclosed this during a working visit to DVLA operational offices at Weija and 37 in Accra said, “Government is losing millions of cedis through the activities of these ‘goro boys’ at the DVLA. We are going to chase them out with support from the security services.”
He said government can generate more revenue from DVLA if the right mechanisms are put in place.
Mr. Glover called on all stakeholders to join the fight against fraud at the DVLA offices across the country, stating “DVLA alone cannot eliminate these ‘goro boys,’ all the stakeholders must come together to deal with them.”
Mr. Glover said staff of DVLA, who connive with the ‘goro boys,’ would also be made to face the full rigors of the law.
Alhaji Iddrisu Huseni, Deputy Director, DVLA, Greater Accra Region, in his remark, said measures had been put in place to reduce the activities of fraudsters, if not to eliminate them at all.
He said currently DVLA was digitizing the registration of vehicles, stating “when the digitization is completed it will eliminate fraud in the system.”
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive of DVLA, Kwasi Agyeman Busia has revealed that standalone system for certification of vehicles and drivers had been compromised by the ‘goro boys.’
He explained that the use of a standalone system makes it easy for ‘goro boys’ to enter, copy files and duplicate certifications in the country.
Mr Agyeman Busia said, “This accounts for the certification of faulty, rickety and non-roadworthy vehicles plying the roads and emitting carbon dioxide in addition to causing some accidents.”
Speaking to GNA on the sidelines of a training workshop for technicians of the Authority in Tema, he said a new system would be introduced by DVLA in the coming weeks to replace the compromised one to prevent duplication.
He said DVLA would stop activities of ‘goro boys’ by reducing drastically the human interactions in the issuance of certificates and licenses.
By Cephas Larbi