Online Drivers at press conference
Online Drivers Partners Association(ODPA) has said DVLA charges of Gh ₵120.00 fee for verification of License and Roadworthy and other levies are hash and they stand in every position to oppose the levies.
“Foremost we want to know if the charges the DVLA are charging us have any legal backing”, they querried in press conference on Wednesday in Kumasi.
A petition was submitted to DVLA, the Ministry of Transport, Director of MTTD and Chairman of Parliamentary Select Committee on Monday 18, November 2019 to suspend the collection of the Gh ₵120.00 fee from drivers for verification of License and Roadworthy, other taxes including GRA income tax, Ghana Tourism Authority Levy and other incentives payment.
Besides, a meeting with the Ministry of Transport headed by Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah ended in dismay.
The Minister’s representative explicitly told the executive members of the Union that “it is a choice drivers have made to do this work and that if they are not satisfied with it they can stop.
She also threatened the Executives that “if the drivers resolve to curtail the process through any means the Ministry will close down the Ride Hailing Apps and Render the drivers jobless.
OPDA deem the minister’s reaction as pitiful and unfortunate.
OPDA say “It is instructive to note that most personnel who are engaged in the Ride Sharing Driving are unemployed graduate as well as many who have lost their jobs in the recent close down Banks and other companies. These are Ghanaians who can do far better in their lives with the skill they have, but have no choice than to resort to this under the prevailing circumstances”.
OPDA say DVLA is charging GHC 60 every 2 years for the renewal of drivers license.
“Why do we have to pay for vehicle verification and authentication when we renew our road worthy annually?, they enquired.
“We further wish to state that the new regulation introduced and being implemented by the DVLA and behalf of the Ministry and the MTTD of the Ghana Police Service is a scheme that is harsh, discriminatory, burdensome, capricious and in some respect illegitimate against our fundamental right”.
OPDA say they will continue to express their displeasure towards the charges.
By: Joe Marfo