The Upper East Regional branch of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has indicated that registration of new vehicles and other automobile machines has reduced drastically as compared to the same period last year.
DVLA stated that only 440 vehicles [motorbikes, tricycles, cars] have been registered so far as compared to the same period last year when more than a 1000 vehicles were registered.
The situation may be attributed to the recent economic downturn the country is currently witnessing.
The Deputy Regional Director of the Authority Emmanuel Abaidoo spoke in an exclusive with A1 Radio’s News Team.
He noted that the development instils doubts in officials with regard to achieving their target for the year.
“This year we are supposed to at least make a target increase of 15 percent from last year. But now, looking at how things are going just two weeks into the year and we can’t register close to 1000 new vehicles or motorbikes then it should be a worry to us. For instance, the last year 2022, at the same time and month we registered close to 1000 plus new motorbikes and vehicles, but now the story is different.”
He explained that the inability of people to register their vehicles or motorcycles cannot be attributed to a lack of sensitization, but rather to the country’s economic downturn, which people are witnessing.
“You know that on the various roads and radio stations, we have been sensitising people about the importance of registering their new machines and having licences to that effect. So, it is just about the system, things are a bit hard.”
Mr. Abaidoo however called on vehicle and motorbikes owners to at all times ensure to register their vehicles.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana