- The DVLA has announced the introduction of new licenses, to be made available to the public on July 18
- It stated that the new license would have both visible and invisible security features, in a bid to prevent duplication
- It also stated that some service agreements previously entered into by the Authority would be reviewed, so that the appropriate steps would be taken
The Chief Executive Officer of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has announced the introduction of a biometric new license for drivers, starting from July 18, this year.
As a result, the existing one would be gradually phased out of the system.
Kwesi Agyeman Busia said this has become necessary due to the incessant interference of middlemen, popularly called “goro boys”, in the work of the Authority. According to the CEO, these middlemen, more often than not issue out fake licenses to unsuspecting members of the public, who are desirious of accessing the Authority’s services, but prefer “shortcuts”.
He indicated that the new card would have both visible and invisible security features, and this would make it hard for people to duplicate it. A chip would be embedded in it, with all of the details of the holder. He added that this would ultimately ensure that there is only one legally recognized issuing body in the country, so as to counter duplication. The end result would be the elimination of the need of the middlemen, so as to block the financial leakage currently being experienced by the DVLA.
He went on to say that it has come to the notice of the Authority that applicants endure a series of challenges before obtaining their licenses. With the introduction of the new one, clients could pick theirs up between three to four weeks after the application has been submitted. For the premium service applicants, they would have theirs within two weeks.
Again, pickup of the license could be done at any of the DVLA offices across the country, or it could be delivered to clients at a fee.
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The CEO also mentioned that the Authority has begun the process of reviewing previous service contracts. He revealed that service providers were taking about 70 percent of revenue generated from DVLA – related activities.
He concluded that all such agreements that were detrimental to the financial progress of the Authority would be carefully scrutinized and acted upon.
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