The Online Private Drivers Association has registered its displeasure against the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) over the authority’s new regulation for ride sharing commercial activities in the country.

The Association has accused DVLA of wanting to use the new regulation as a money making tool for the government.

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“It is another money making tool by government, twice a year roadworthy renewal at the expense of drivers who are already suffering. Accidents by Uber and Taxify cars are extremely low and so the road worthiness of these cars is not in question,” said Promise Torgbo Wise, Public Relations Officer for the Association.

The new regulation, aside providing a distinct DVLA identification for the digital transport operators, will also require twice a year roadworthy renewal.

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The drivers, venting their anger over the new development on Adom FM’s Y’asem Nie, a social discussion segment on the Dwaso Nsem morning show on Wednesday, called on the government to cancel the new regulation.

They argued that the already 25% charge by Uber and Taxify, is exorbitant and therefore wants the new regulation scrapped to enable them survive the hardships in the country.

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“We do not like the taxes DVLA have placed on our job, the App we use for our online service takes 25 percent for every trip, we also pay GH¢ 60.00 for authentication and verification of our vehicles every month. And DVLA wants to add this also, how do we survive this?” they questioned.

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Source: | Dorcas Abedu-Kennedy