The Minority in Parliament has called on government to stop the mandatory charges for First Aid boxes imposed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).
Vehicle owners seeking to register their vehicles for this year , are being levied a compulsory GH¢108 for First Aid boxes.
The Minority Spokesperson for Roads and Transport, Kwame Agbodza, who wants the mandatory charge halted, believes that just as the towing tax, this new charge should not be mandatory.
“If we think towing is important but we expect people to take responsibility and do it by themselves, why are we selling First Aid boxes to them directly? Why don’t we ask them to go and buy it?,” Mr. Agboza queried.
He also expressed his misgivings about the cost, saying “who determines the cost? Why can’t I get a cheaper one somewhere? Why is it attached to the registration of vehicles? I think it should be stopped immediately for us to have a dialogue.”
“I just sent a message to the Minister that I cannot support him on this. This is very wrong. At a time motorists are suffering on so many levels, fuel prices are up and everything, it is just wrong,”said Mr. Agbodza.
In 2017, Mr. Agbodza raised similar concerns about the mandatory towing levy, after millions of Ghanaians kicked against the initiative, which was to be undertaken solely by Jospong Group of companies.
Government had plans of implementing the tow tax but subsequently suspended it after the Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament met with the Road Safety Commission, the DVLA and other stakeholders over the matter.