General Secretary for Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU), Solomon Kotei has said that the government should allow car owners bear the cost of their broken down vehicles on the roads.
Parliament recently gave backing for the implementation of the controversial tow levy to be imposed on vehicle owners. The law which was to take effect July 1, 2017, was suspended to enable the Transport Ministry hold stakeholder 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 believed to be major cause of accidents on our roads.
Speaking to Agoo fm’s Eugene Akwasi Akoto Bamfo on the ‘Ene nso biem’ morning show Solomon Kotei stated that, in 2016 the government in power was about to implement the Tow Levy Law but realized it was not appropriate and so discontinued the process so he can’t fathom basis of reenactment by the current government. He charged the government to see to it that vehicle owners carry responsibility of their vehicles when they break down and pose threat on the roads.
According to Solomon kotei broken down vehicles parked beside roads are not the major causes of accidents instead drivers fail to apply road usage regulations such as planting the triangle signal. He advised drivers to be cautious when on the road and refrain from resorting to leaves and tree branches when their vehicles develop locomotion problems.
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) should provide a total analytical percentage of causes of road accidents and if broken down vehicles are revealed to be the major cause of accidents on our roads we will accept and pay the towing levy, he affirmed.
Source: Agoo FM News/Ghana