Tow levy suspended for review – Oppong-Nkrumah

A deputy Information Minister, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, has said the suspension of the tow levy is to re-engage and rework on the Legislative Instrument.

“The suspension is to offer us a period to re-engage, and to look at the possibility of redoing this L.I and its implementation framework so we can solve the problem, but not in a manner that makes people feel they are being ripped off,” Oppong-Nkrumah told host of Morning Starr Tuesday.

He added: “There is been a lot of interesting ideas that have come up in the last one week… that can help solve the same problem in other means.”

Oppong-Nkrumah admitted there was very little sensitization about the LI’s implementation. “The other leg is the fact that, this is becoming clear that, they were very little public sensitization and engagement on this…when this L.I was passed.”

He added: “There have been very little sensitization and consultation. And the view of the transport ministry or view of government is that it is important to suspend now and get back to the drawing board.”

The government suspended the implementation of a mandatory road towing fee which was supposed to be effective from July 1 2017, vehicle owners and motorcyclists will pay compulsory annual fees, tied to the acquisition of road worthy certificate, to cater for towing services and a fee of between GHS40 and GHS100.

The decision which received massive opposition from the public has been put on hold for further stakeholder consultation.