Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) is shocked that the compulsory towing levy. The levy raises serious questions that Parliament and the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government needs to respond to as swiftly as possible.
The monopolization of the implementation of the towing service, to Road Safety Management Services Limited (RSMSL) is one major issue that must be properly considered. It is an affront to the NPP government, which prides itself as a supporter of creating a fair playing field for the actors in the private sector space.
We believe that monopolizing this essential service will not be in the best interest of many Ghanaians. Giving 85% of the towing levy to only one company (RSMSL), which would have only 47 towing points across the whole country along only 7 highways is a high-tech robbery of the highest order.
· AFAG is sounding a word of caution to the NPP government not to impose any form of inhumane road towing levy on motorists but rather enforce the relevant laws that govern road and vehicle usage so as to reduce the accidents on our roads.
· AFAG urges government to abrogate the contract with RSML and open the space up for other competitors.
· Government should consider allowing insurance companies to take a central role in the towing space. Individual motorists should be allowed to choose which insurance company to buy from.
· District assemblies should be allowed to manage towing services in collaboration with the registered towing companies. This would give the operation a nationwide representation.
AFAG urges the government to abort the contract within 14days. Thereafter we would take all the necessary actions to bring home our message.