Mr Speaker, in 2009, the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), in collaboration with the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, zoned the country into six (6) and assigned the following six (6) private companies to remove disabled vehicles on the highways within their zones to minimise the incidence of related- road crashes:
i. Ruttchen Trucks Ghana Limited, Accra-Accra-Kumasi-Sunyani Highway and adjoining links
ii. Traffic Management Signs and System Limited Accra -- Accra- Winneba- Cape Coast-Takoradi- Elubo road corr idor and adjoining links
iii. Sarkozy Limited, Accra -- Accra- Tema-Ho, Hohoe, Jasikan, Aflao road corridors and adjoining links
iv. Abu and Serwaa Katakyie Limited - - Techiman-Kintampo-Tamale- Bolgatanga road corridor and adjoining links
v. Umarib Ghana Limited, Accra -- Tamale-Bolgatanga-Navrongo, Bolgatanga-Bawku road corridors and adjoining links
vi . Day and Nigh t Towing Company Limited -- Kumasi- Techiman, Kumasi- Obuasi road corridors and adjoining links
Mr Speaker, these companies commenced operation using a system where they towed disabled vehicles on “service on call” or, in some cases, compulsorily towed disabled and abandoned vehicles and surcharged the owners of the vehicles with the cost of the towing. They were subsequently joined by the Road Safety Management Services Limited which operated nationwide.
Mr Speaker, the towing companies complained of difficulty in collecting the cost of towing from vehicle owners. In some cases, vehicles towed to police stations are picked up by owners with no record of payment. Other vehicle owners also complained of high cost of towing. These made it difficult for the companies to recoup their investments and pay their workers, leading to the withdrawal of their services.
However, Regulations 102 and 105 of Road Traffic Regulations L.I. 2180 have provided for the registration of service providers for commercial towing services and payment of a levy known as “Road Safety Fees” annual ly by vehicle owners to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA). As per the Regulations, 85 per cent of the fund shal l be uti l ised to pay for towing services and other road safety-related works.
Mr Speaker, the “Road Safety Fees” have been approved by Parliament.