Commercial Drivers in the Accra metropolis of the Greater Accra Region are unhappy over the hurdle they go through at the hands of the officers of Driver and Vehicle’s Licensing Authority (DVLA) in a bid to renew their expired licenses.
The Welfare Chairman of the Tema Station Ghana Private Roads Transport Union(GPRTU) under thee Trader Union Congress(TUC), William Ocquaye speaking to the media in Accra.
He said it takes up to six or nine months to have their licenses renewed, a situation he described as worrying because the police even worry them sometimes when driving with the extract given by the DVLA.
According to him, officers at DVLA are unable to give them any tangible reason as to what is causing the delays but only keep telling the drivers to go and come in month’s time.
Mr. Ocquaye then questioned the essence of deployment of technology in the authority’s operations which is rather delaying processes, inferring to the old system where drivers renewed their licenses very quick and timely.
The cpmmercial drivers boss also raised issue about the new system of acquiring license where one attends driving school for only three months and is given license, as compared to the old system where one serves as driver’s assistant (mate) and learns for about four years.
The new system to him, contributes to the rampant carnage on the roads since such drivers lack the practicality and bravery to protect lives in the event of any minor occurrence on the road.
He therefore appealed to the incoming Minister of Transport to as a matter of urgency sack the ‘goro’ boys who operate as the intermediary for the DVLA.