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Controversial towing levy approved

By Aforsah Godfred / Published on Wednesday, 02 Aug 2017 03:10 AM / No Comments

The Parliamentary select committee on Roads and Transport has approved the payment of mandatory road tolls despite the general public being against it.

According to Accra-based Starr FM, the committee after going through the details of the proposal presented by the National Roads Commission and the Transport Ministry decided that the initiative will be good for the country considering the spate of accidents.

“The committee furnished with necessary Information from various stakeholders and having addressed their concerns as provided in its recommendation recommends the early implementation of section 102 of the road traffic regulations 2012 (Li 20180),”  portions of the committee’s report said.

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The Parliamentary select committee in their report also urged the service provider to consider paying part of their fees to the National Health Insurance Authority and the National Ambulance Service.

The expected fees to be paid range from GHS20 to GHS200, depending on the tonnage for both commercial and non-commercial.

The initiative was put on hold by the government in June 2017 after members of the general public opposed the programme.

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Some Ghanaians were unhappy that the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) was going to award the contract to the Road Safety Management Limited (RSML) a subsidiary of the Jospong Group owned by Businessman Joseph Siaw Agyapong.

Some questions on whether the number of vehicles towed will be directly linked to how much money is paid and the monitoring of the towing services have still not been answered.

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