- Last week, government announced the passing of the mandatory car towing levy for all drivers
- This development has been met with mixed reactions from national stakeholders and groups
- The IMANI director has said levy proves the state is refusing to ‘get anything right’
The debate regard the new mandatory towing levy is still ongoing, as new voices add their two cents to the validity of the policy and its effects on road use in the country.
Franklin Cudjoe, the founder of the think-tank IMANI Ghana has accused government of using the levy to avoid enforcing the already laid-out rules governing road users across the nation.
Speaking on Citi FM, Mr. Cudjoe stated: “The issue really has always had to do with the arrangement. I think 20 years is too much. This is a short term issue. The fact that we are accepting as a State that we are abdicating our role in ensuring safety on our roads and deciding that we will rather outsource to a company… they want to outsource this because the state system has collapsed in terms of maintaining law and order on our roads.”
He further criticised government’s deal with the transport company that will manage the towing system, stating a 20 year deal would be rather counterproductive.
To him, the deal ‘makes no sense’ and shows government’s unwillingness to change the narrative when it comes to ensuring a working system in the country.
Mr. Cudjoe opined that the towing policy requires more than one company to effectively implement it, suggesting that government consider more companies aside the already pegged Road Safety Management Services Ltd.
Mr. Cudjoe’s comments were in response to Parliament’s implementation of a controversial law devised as a means to decongest the streets of hazardous broken down vehicles.
The levy will be charged on all drivers of both commercial and noncommercial vehicles, between GHC 10 and GHC 200, annually.
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