Private vehicle owners in K’si angry over privitisation of roadworthy certification


Private vehicle owners in Kumasi are angry with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority’s decision to leave roadworthy certification in private hands amidst increased fees.

Vehicle Inspection and Technical Organization, VITO, is now in charge of vehicle testing and roadworthy certification, and rates have been increased by over 200 percent.

Private vehicles owners have to compulsorily drive nearly eight kilometers on the traffic-prone Buokrom road and queue for hours to have their vehicles tested.

Motorists describe the move as time wasting and increases their financial burden in the face of recent utility tariff and fuel price hikes.

The new arrangement which started during the yuletide also comes with what vehicle owners say is an astronomical increase in fees between 30 cedis to 100 cedis and over.

The situation has left many private vehicle owners incensed.

“Do you think it is good that there is only one centre in the whole of the Ashanti Region? Do you think it is sensible? Must all of us come all the way to this place and queue for hours before getting our certificates,”? one angry vehicle owner asked Luv FM Erastus Asare Donkor.

Regional licencing officer for the DVLA, S.S Bobidzi could not say the percentage of revenue sharing arrangement in this private-public partnership.

“VITO are supposed to announce their presence that they have come on board and this is what they are doing…the public should just forgive us and bear with us but it is necessary for to do it,” he said.


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