A vociferous student activist Dawda Eric, a national service personnel who is an ardent sympathizer of the rulling NPP in the Eastern Region has rubbished the steps by government to implement the mandatory towing levy. The mandatory towing levy could not be implemented successfully by the previous government.
It is also clear that the move by the current government to implement the policy is being resisted by many stakeholders. Drivers have given a stern warning to government that they would demonstrate to resist payment of the levy should government continue its implementation.
Mr. Dawda Eric in his latest article dated 03/08/2017 described the policy as a " senseless nuisance policy" and questioned government why the attempt to implement a policy that was largely criticised and resisted.
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MY TAKE ON THE MANDATORY TOWING LEVY
I will move from just criticising this initiative which is sitting on a " non grata" tree and zoom into offer an alternative to this deal. This obnoxious deal is going to be executed by one company with a zero guarantee that, it will be done at the end of the day. A lot of reasonable Ghanaians are calling on this government to throw this deal straight into the dustbin because, it is like what happened to Ghana concerning the introduction of Subah by the NDC government. Their call is legitimate no two ways about that.
Lawyer Ace Ankomah made a statement that" natural resources doesnt only help a nation to develop but the brains is also a factor". The time is now to use our brains in making Ghana a responsible country.
The idea behind this nuisance levy is flawed and has been flawed from the beginning till today. The idea is that, one of the most causative agent of rampant road accident is " faulty vehicles been packed along the road day in and day out so there should be a law on vehicles been towed by a company so that owners of those vehicles will be made to pay a levy. Every Vehicle in Ghana is covered by insurance so why cant we factor this levy in the component of the insurance charge on such vehicles so that, the insurance company can partner with the Ghana police service to have a towing unit under the Ghana police service so in case any vehicle owner whose vehicle fails to move on the road goes to complain to the Ghana police for the vehicle to be towed than to have a law passed on " towing levy " which there is no absolute guarantee that, the said company will execute the said mandate enshrined in the said law.
Our insurance charge on vehicles do not have components so it will be good to have this factored in every insurance charged on vehicles. In the era of a complete and outright abolishment of nuisance taxes imposed on Ghanaians by the NDC government, towing levy should not be implemented at all. This towing levy is an avenue to create, loot and share and must be rejected by the good people of Ghana.
Mr Sydney Casley Hayford has been vindicated on his assertion that, our parliament passes " stupid" laws and takes decision that negatively affect you and I. Classical examples are the towing levy and the Ameri deal. The same way Subah was brought to dupe the ordinary tax payer is the same way the towing levy is coming to dupe the ordinary tax payer.
There is no sense in seeking to implement a senseless and a nuisance policy which didnt see the light of implementation by the previous government who was rejected by the good people of Ghana for bringing hardship on them. If the government wants to find an avenue for revenue generation, this is not the way to go. It is rather creating more avenue for more people to be employed so that, you can tax them more . This is certainly not the way to go and i urge the government to immediately halt the implementation of this thievery. Any attempt made to implement this policy will amount to civil disobedience on the part of Government who should be a " listening" government than to resort to dead goat and " yentie obiaa" syndrome which moved the NDC from a comfortable lead to opposition.
Dawda Eric( Equity)
Citizen for vigilance