- Tranport Minister Asiamah has ordered the suspension of new drivers license and car registration cars
- DVLA boss says new drivers license will cost more due to added value
Hon Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, the Minister for Transport, has ordered the Driver and Vehicle Incensing Authority (DVLA) to immediately postpone the issuing of Smart Drivers Licenses and Vehicle Registration Cards until further notice.
In a letter address to the DVLA's Chief Executive, Mr. Kwasi Agyemang Busia, Transport Minister Asiamah directed the DVLA to suspend the two new projects pending the receipt of the requisite approvals.
The tranport Minister said, “I wish to refer you to the discussion I had with you on the subject for which drew your attention to the need to obtain approval from the Ministry and Cabinet before implementation of such major projects.”
Transport Miniter Asiamah further requested that the DVLA send the Transport Ministry a memorandum on to two projects in order for him to make the proper consultations and also seek the requisite approval from Cabinet.
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Some drivers have expressed concern over the application of the new licenses alleging that the license would cost GHC450, which would represent almost a one hundred percent increase from current charges.
Commenting on the new project's costs, DVLA boss Busia said that the current drivers license costs would not cover the costs of the upgraded license. He stated that the production costs, time, quality, and the new licence's security features warranted a higher costs.
He added that the DVLA had also procured it's own machines to print the new license, as opposed to using those of private firms as was the norm.
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