General News of Sunday, 6 August 2017
The Chairman of the Ghana Committed Drivers Association (GCDA), Charles Danso, has urged the government to be more innovative in solving issues on road safety on the highways.
Speaking on Joy FM’s Newsfile, on Saturday, he stressed that it would be more practical, innovative and preventive for the government to rather create driver rest stops all over the country, to enable long vehicle and long distance-drivers to park appropriately.
This would reduce substantially the number of stationary vehicles on the roads which will in turn, bring down the number of accidents caused by stationary vehicles left on the streets.
“We will go on a demonstration, that one is for sure, not only the tanker drivers, everybody must support so that we demonstrate and tell the Government that we won’t pay the towing levy. We are the Ghanaians and we won’t pay, so the ‘Yentua’ demonstration will come on”, He stated in the interview.
Prior to this interaction the GCDA had expressed their dissatisfaction with the passing of the tow levy and urged the government to draw up its implementation.
The Association served notice of a nationwide demonstration to press for the abrogation of the recently passed mandatory towing levy with a press release dated August 3, 2017, and signed by the Chairman who did not give a specific date of the demonstration.
“We wish to inform all drivers, car owners and all stakeholders to join this demonstration for the betterment of our country Ghana. We will send a notice to the Police for the date and time they can be able to protect us on this demonstration,” the statement said.
Parliament recently gave the nod for the implementation of the levy to be imposed on vehicle owners, which has gained much attention from all stakeholders and the public.
However, the law was suspended to enable the Transport Ministry to hold more stakeholder consultations to address the situation. The law was to take effect July 1, 2017.