- Ghana discussing a decision to ban importation of overaged vehicles
- Currently, overaged vehicles are allowed into the country after payment of penalty
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Government is considering a complete ban of the importation of of accident vehicles and vehicles which are 10 years old.
According to the Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the decision by government to ban importation of overaged vehicles is because of the decision by many automobile companies to establish outlets in Ghana.
In the last three years of the President Akufo-Addo led administration some automobile companies have announced they will establish plants in Ghana.
German car-maker, Volkswagen is one of the automobile companies set to open an assembling plant in Ghana in early 2020.
In 2018 the company announced plans to set up a plant in Ghana as it continues to expand across Africa.
Volkswagen already builds vehicles in Kenya and recently opened another car plant in Rwanda as part of its expansion project in East Africa.
Toyota is also another company that will start to assemble vehicles in Ghana in August this year.
He noted that government has initiated processes to pass the Customs amendments bill into law to regulate the importation of vehicles.
“For a start, maybe we may begin by banning the importation of vehicles that are older than 10 years and then also prevent the import of salvaged vehicles (Salvage vehicles are those that have been involved in an accident), vehicles that are flooded–people claim them and bring them here, they are the reasons why we have so many accidents on our roads, so it is intended to amend the laws to suit the circumstances to draw down the curtains which will not happen overnight.”
Currently, Ghana’s laws allow overaged vehicles into the country after payment penalty.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that all nine suspected cases of the deadly coronavirus recorded in Ghana have proven negative, according to the Ministry of Health.
The minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu in a statement on Thursday, February 6, 2020, allayed the fears of Ghanaians saying the State is doing everything possible to prevent the deadly disease from reaching the country.
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