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GPRTU has never supported Controversial towing Levy- General Secretary

By: Ebenezer Kofi Amponsah 
The General Secretary of the Ghana Road Transport Union ( G.P.R.T.U), Alhaji Issah Musah Khaleepha has said GPRTU has never agreed to the implementation of levy imposed on vehicular owners by government.
 He said‘’GPRTU kicked against the mandatory towing levy, Never ever did we at any forum with anybody agreed that the towing levy should be implemented.
At a press conference in Accra, the chairman of the Transport Committee of parliament, Aye paye said GPRTU agreed to the implementation of the levy after meeting with them but the General secretary of the Union in an interview stated that all the regions even disagreed over the towing levy which was withdrawn three months ago but reintroduced again stating ‘’ it should be aborted’’.
Parliament recently gave backing for the implementation of the controversial levy to be imposed on vehicular owners. The law which was to take effect July 2017 was suspended to enable the Transport Ministry to hold stakeholder engagement following public disapproval it received.
The National Road Safety Commission introduced the service in order to remove broken down vehicles on the country’s roads which usually cause accident. As part of the law, vehicle owners and motor cycles are expected to pay compulsory annual fees ranging between 20 to 200 cedis for towing services.
The law has been greeted with strong opposition from civil society groups and political opponents for its suspension but after a month, parliament Transport committee gave its endorsement.

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