Parliament approves towing levy

Parliament approves towing levy

- Parliament has approved the controversial mandatory towing levy

- It is slated to be implemented come end of September 2017

- The law was meant to help clear Ghanaian streets from hazardous parked vehicles

Parliament of Ghana has finally approved a controversial towing towing levy to be imposed on vehicle owners aimed at funding a de-congestion exercise on the streets of Ghana.

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Parliament approves towing levy

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Parliament's Roads and Safety Committee has finally given a green light for the implementation of a controversial law devised as a means to de-congest the streets of hazardous broken down vehicles.

The piece of legislation had originally been scheduled to come into effect as of the 1st of July, 2017, but was suspended due to the fact that it received staunch disapproval from the general public.

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Vehicle and motorcycle owners will now have to pay a mandatory fee added to the usual annual road worthy certification fees in order to fund the new laws implementation.

According to Joy News' Joseph Opoku Gakpo, parliament's Road Safety Committee, after deliberating the issue.

The Road safety Committee did recommended, although, that the law's implementation only come into effect come the end of September, 2017, to allow the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) time to sensitize the public before it is implemented.

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Mr. Samuel Aye Paye, Chairman of the Roads and Safety Committee, stated that the committee recommended legislation's green lighting because abrogating the law which was signed in 2016 may have ended up forcing government to pay a judgement debt.

"It’s better than abrogating the contract and pay a penalty that may affect the country in future," said Mr Aye Paye.

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