Gov't engages stakeholders on Manadatory Towing Levy

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah

Government has started moves to engage stakeholders on a possible review of the controversial yearly mandatory towing levy to be introduced by the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) in collaboration with Road Safety Management Service Limited (RSMSL), a subsidiary of Jospong Group of Companies.

Scheduled to take effect on July 1, the levy will require vehicle owners and motorcyclists to pay compulsory annual fees, tied to the acquisition of road worthy certificate, to cater for towing services for broken down vehicles on the country's roads.

This move has been met with fierce opposition and criticism by the public - former Energy expert Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby are among those that have called on the President to "immediately halt the unfair levy.” 

Government appears to have bowed to the pressure, Deputy Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has hinted of steps being taken to address the concerns of the public.

Speaking on JoyFm, he said there have been a series of engagements from various stakeholders to take a second look at whether or not there is room for the necessary manoeuvres that will ensure that the problem is solved in a manner that is generally acceptable to the broader population.