Tow levy scraped; owners of broken down vehicles to pay for towing

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Owners of broken down vehicles will now pay for the cost of towing their vehicles, the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo has said.

Mr Osafo Marfo made this known on Thursday at a meeting with the owners of towing companies in Accra.

Mr Marfo said “You don’t get a government in Germany or anywhere getting involved in a thing like this, I have never come across any. So let us learn from good practices elsewhere.”

“Today we will end up asking you to go and register the services you provide. Naturally, people will have some questions and we want to listen to your concerns if any because this policy which was supposed to start has been stopped.

“There is the need to provide that service so we are asking those who have the capacity to provide the service to register through the appropriate ministry and provide the service to those who need it, and those who receive the services to pay for it,” he added.

The Senior Minister also disclosed that the police have promised to patrol roads across the country and take the necessary steps ensure the safety of all road users.
He said government is ready to provide any support they will need.

The companies are however pushing back, insisting that what government is proposing has not worked in the past.

Passed in 2012, the LI 2180 was given five years fallow period after which it would come into effect in 2017. But just two weeks before its implementation, the general public incensed by the decision, called on the government to scrap the levy.