The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) is beginning a nationwide towing programme next month to ensure that all vehicles that breakdown on highways are cleared off the roads.
To enjoy this service, drivers will be required to pay a road safety fee ranging between GHC 10 and GHC 100 in addition to their road worthy certification fees.
The Head of Communications at the NRSC, Kwame Kodua Atuahene, explained that the move is geared towards reducing the risk of road users running into stationary vehicles; a trend which is responsible for over 20% of all road accidents in the country.
“Rightly as you put it, if you look at the data, close to 21 percent of fatal crashes are somehow connected with these obstacles and so we need to find a means to deal with these concerns,” he told Citi News’ Umaru Sanda Amadu on Eyewitness News.
Giving more reasons to justify the Commission’s decision, Mr. Atuahene explained that, “the law makes specific recommendations for vehicle owners to pay a mandatory road safety fee for the purposes of managing obstacles that they are confronted with.”
The programme is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project involving the Road Safety Commission, the Police and the DVLA . These entities will be working with other private companies to provide the service.
Details of fees to be charged are listed below:
An owner of a motorbike will pay GHC 10 for the whole year
Non commercial cars will pay GHC 20 for the whole year
Taxis will pay GHC 40 in two installments as they pay their road worthy fees twice a year
Mini commercial buses will be required to pay GHC40 twice a year, totaling 80 cedis, while renewing their road worthy certificate.
Trucks will pay between GHC 40 and GHC 100 twice a year, based on their tonnage, while renewing their road worthy certificate.