DVLA Strikes Gold –

Kwesi Busia, CEO DVLA

The
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has made a windfall from its new
vehicle plate management system.

The
authority had recorded over 60%
increase in the number of DV plates distributed between January 2 and February
7, 2020, five weeks after adding security features in the form of holographic
stickers into the DV plate administration, a source at the DVLA told the media.

The DV plate is normally given to owners of new
and unregistered vehicles who are in the process of repairing their vehicles or
preparing them for sale to third parties. Until the introduction of these
security upgrades, however, the process was largely insecure and prone to
counterfeiting and theft.

The security upgrades
on the DV Trade plates included optical security features such as micro-text
and laser readable hidden images, creating difficult-to-counterfeit labels that also allowed
for critical information such as serial numbers to be read with the naked eye,
the media was told.

From
January to December last year the DVLA generated less than GH¢4.0 million from the sale of 15,544
DV plates.

Management
suspected that there were weaknesses and massive leakages in the current DV
plate administration and decided to introduce extra security features together
with robust management software for the distribution of the DV trade plates,
the source said.

Between
January 2 and February 7, 2020 of the upgrade, five weeks, the authority has
distributed about 25,000 DV plates, pointing to expected revenue of over GH¢6.0 million representing an
increase of over 60% over
total plates distributed between January and December, 2019.

This
massive improvement, according to the authority, is a justification to
continuous investments in innovation. The DVLA has encouraged the general
public to desist from patronizing services from unauthorized persons and
purchase their DV licenses and other driver and vehicle related services
directly from the authority or its registered representatives to avoid falling
victim to criminal activities. In
addition, all DV plates issued by the authority are verifiable. Clients who are
in doubt of the DV plates in their possession may visit the nearest DVLA office
for authentication the source advised.

According to the authority, motor vehicle license plates and for
that matter DV plates are critical elements in ensuring vehicle registration
security hence the need to innovate.

“They are essentially the identity card of a vehicle and it is
important to ensure the authenticity of these plates and to protect them against
counterfeiting and theft something which was rampant until the innovation which
has stopped the malpractice,” it stated.

The feat the DVLA explained to DAILY GUIDE “is the
outcome of a technology using laser-burn information such as
serial numbers, into self-destructive chromium-based hologram stickers.

In
a related development, the Licence Plate Manufacturers Association has
commended the leadership of the DVLA for sustaining the collaborative
relationship between the two organizations.

The
association recalled how it had given thought to the improvement of the
administration of the DP Plate.

With the application of the enhanced technology the association would have cause to celebrate with the DVLA the chalked feat since after all, for them, it is dream come true.