The Eastern Regional Manager for the National Road Safety Commission, Kwasi Yirenkyi has described as ‘will be beneficial’ the initiative of the government to make payment of towing taxes universal.
Mr. Kwasi Yirenkyi indicated that the initiative of the government to effect mandatory towing charges on vehicles and motorbikes operating on the various highways is to provide reliable towing services so that when vehicles are abandoned on the roads the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) can ensure that they are swiftly towed from the roads.
He added that many road accidents have been caused by speeding vehicles crashing into stationary vehicles and this initiative by the government will help reduce road accidents and lives will be saved.
Speaking on Agoo fm’s morning show “ene nso biem” hosted by Eugene Akoto Bamfo, Mr. Kwasi Yirenkyi disclosed that the initiative will curb the delay of towing of motionless vehicles on highways and also heavy charges on repairing of wrecked vehicles by mechanics will be reduced.
There have been concerns on why the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) had decided to make the payment mandatory. Others have suggested drivers and owners of broken down vehicles should be levied on the spot to pay for the service than make it mandatory for every vehicle.
Effective July 1, 2017, vehicle owners and motorcyclists will pay compulsory annual fees, tied to the acquisition of a road worthy certificate, to cater for towing services. Fees per year for both commercial and non-commercial vehicles, depending on tonnage, range from Ghȼ20 to Ghȼ 200.
Commenting on the issue of effecting towing charges on motorbikes, he said the initiative is of the benefit of everybody so effecting of towing charges on motorbikes is in the right direction.
Source: Agoo FM News/Ghana/Millicent Mawuena