Vice President of Policy think thank, IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil, has advised government not to bring back the vehemently protested tow levy.
Moves to implement a law that imposes a mandatory levy on all owners and persons in charge of motor vehicles, for the purpose of towing broken down or disabled vehicles on the roads were abandoned in 2017 following a public uproar.
However, the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) is back with fresh energy, saying it will re-introduce the road tow levy as part of measures to improve safety on the country’s roads.
Speaking to Francis Abban on Morning Starr earlier today, the Director for Planning and Programs at the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), Mr Kwame Adonten said drivers would have to bear this new cost when they are going for Road Worthy Renewal at the Driver and Vehicle License Authority (DVLA).
Reacting to the news, Kofi Bentil advised government not to make any attempt of bringing back the tow levy which was vehemently kicked out in 2017.
According to him, “it can never make sense to levy everybody to pay for the lawless few.”
“Simply do what the law says. Tow the vehicle and seize it till the towing plus penalty is paid otherwise auction the vehicle,” he stated.
Mr. Bentil believes that if the law is properly enforced, people will tow their own cars.
“We should learn to enforce laws!!! Instead of making every problem a money making or procurement arrangement for some people when there are simple common sense solutions,” he stressed.