The Bureau of Public Safety has again urged relevant authorities to remove broken-down vehicles from Ghana’s highways, citing the danger they pose to commuters.
This follows a fatal crash on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at Tesano Junction in Accra involving a commercial vehicle and a broken-down truck that claimed two lives.
In 2017, Ghana considered instituting a “Mandatory Road Towing Levy” as part of a program to ensure that all vehicles that break down on highways are removed from the road.
This was to comply with Regulation 102 (3) of the LI 2180 (Road Traffic Regulations 2012), which imposes a mandatory levy on all motor vehicle owners and persons in charge for the purpose of towing broken-down or disabled vehicles on the roads.
Drivers were required to pay a road safety levy ranging from GHS10 to GHS200.
Commercial vehicles and taxis were to pay GHS40, minibuses GHS80, and heavy-duty trucks between GHS80 and GHS200 per year, depending on tonnage.
GHS20 was levied on non-commercial vehicles.
The implementation of the controversial towing levy was however suspended following protests from stakeholders in the transport sector.
However, in an interview with Citi News, Nana Yaw Akwada, Executive Director of the Bureau of Public Safety, stated that the discussion about towing vehicles must be revisited.
“We have never been opposed to the removal of broken-down vehicles from the route. What we opposed was the mass levying of any vehicle owner. We believe that procedures and programs must be put in place to eliminate broken down vehicles from our roads within a certain time frame. We want authorities to make arrangements for broken-down vehicles to be towed at an expense to the owners rather than levying every driver.”