General News of Friday, 4 August 2017
The Brong Ahafo regional organizer of the New Patriotic Party, Kwame Baffoe, also known as Abronye DC has threatened to leave the party if it implements the compulsory towing levy which he describes as a daylight robbery.
The Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament gave approval for the implementation of the controversial mandatory towing levy to be imposed on vehicle owners.
The law which was to take effect July 1, 2017, was suspended to enable the Transport Ministry to hold stakeholders engagements, following the massive public disapproval it received.
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) introduced the service in order to rid the country’s roads of broken down vehicles that are abandoned and which cause accidents.
As part of the law, vehicle owners and motorcyclists will pay compulsory annual fees, tied to the acquisition of road worthy certificate, to cater for towing services. Fees per year for both commercial and non-commercial vehicles, depending on tonnage, range from GHC 20 to GHC 200.
The NRSC awarded the contract to the Road Safety Management Limited (RSML), a subsidiary of the Jospong Group owned by Businessman Joseph Siaw Agyapong.
But in a post on Facebook reacting to the yet to be implemented levy, Abronye said he and other faithful of the party are against the levy and will resign if it is implemented by the Akufo-Addo led administration.
He said “I will resign from NPP if this robbery towing service tax is implemented. The NDC under John Mahama passed this robbery towing service Tax but couldn’t implement it due to the fact that Ghanaians and drivers, in particular, will vote against them. NPP now want to customize this robbery law on Ghanaians. Some of us will not sit down for Mr. Joseph Siaw Adjapong Chief executive of Zoomlion who is behind the force implementation of this robbery towing service tax to collapse NPP like he did in NDC. Joseph Siaw Adjapong undue influenced on the select committee of Roads and Transport will not be countenanced by some of us.”