The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) says it will re-introduce the road tow levy as part of measures to improve safety on the country’s roads.
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 following a public uproar.
But nearly 800 lives have been claimed through accidents in the first quarter of 2021, according to data available to the Ghana Police Service.
On Wednesday, 14 persons died in separate accidents re-igniting calls for the police service and road safety authority to step up enforcement of road regulations.
One of the accidents which occurred at Tesano in the Greater Accra Region left two persons dead as the driver of a commercial bus run into a vehicle abandoned along the road.
The accident, a section of Ghanaians believes could have been avoided if the stationary truck was towed away.
In view of this, Director of Planning and Programs at the NRSA David Adonteng in an interview with JoyNews said plans are underway to bring back the Mandatory Tow Levy.
“The problem is still there and it is killing people. We as National Road Safety Authority do not think this project has been abandoned. We will come up with it again.
“At the moment we are discussing it amongst ourselves technically. We are also discussing with our ministry, police and other stakeholders. We are discussing even at Parliament level to bring back the project,” he said.