General News of Saturday, 5 August 2017
Dean of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Local Government Studies, Dr Eric Oduro-Osae has stated categorically that the NPP government will regret politically if they implement the controversial tow levy.
The Roads and Transport committee in Parliament on July 31 announced a revised form of the levy for road users, which they argue among others will help prevent accidents on Ghana’s roads caused by abandoned vehicles.
A section of the public is dismayed at the decision to impose between Ghc 20-Ghc 200 on vehicle owners and motorcyclists during the acquisition of a road worthy certificate, to cater for the cost of broken down vehicles towed from the country’s roads.
Speaking on Joy FM’s News Analysis programme, News File, Dr. Oduro Osae noted that the towing levy is politically wrong because, the NPP in their quest for power in 2016, promised to shift the management of the country from taxation to production and as such it will be a betrayal, if the towing levy is implemented.
He added emphatically that considering the huge public backlash that will result if the Nana Addo led government implements the levy, the party will have a political price to pay.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport has said, it is following closely the ongoing discussions on the Road Safety Towing Service to be able to make an informed decision on its fate.