Members of the Ghana Haulage Transport Association have kicked against the Driver and Vehicle License Authority’s new policy which seeks to change the number plate regime for articulated vehicles.
The change will see the issuance of separate license number plates for the Vehicles and the trailers. The move according to the Haulage Transport owners would compound the already hardship they are facing as a result of hikes in fuel prices, they, however, urged the transport ministry to halt that policy with immediate effect .there is more in the following report by our Ashanti regional correspondent, Abdel Basit Suleiman.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, (DVLA ) has initiated a policy to change the number plate regime for articulated vehicles. The change will see the issuance of separate licence plates for the head of articulators and a separate one for the trailers.
This means that the number to be displayed in front of the vehicles will be different from the number displayed behind the trailers.
Trailers in their current state are detachable from the dragging vehicles, thus making them separate components as contained in Geneva convention of 1954, however a provision in the road traffic regulations in the country ,LI 2180 suggest they must be considered separate vehicles.
Addressing a press conference in Kumasi to drum home their concerns, the leadership of the Ghana Haulage Transport Association kicked against the policy adding that the current economic downturn coupled with hikes in fuel prices would cripple their businesses.
They further revealed that most of their members have already packed their vehicles because they are unable to run with high fuel prices.
They are therefore appealing to the government through the transport ministry to intervene to halt the introduction of the separate registration by DVLA.