Ghana’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) recently announced that all technology-driven transport service providers in Ghana will be regulated in the first quarter of 2019.

Vehicles that are used for used for ride-sharing purposes and operate under Uber, Taxify and other digital transport companies will need to be issued with identification stickers from 2019.

The Chief Executive of DVLA, Kwasi Agyeman Busia, stated that operators of Uber and other ride-sharing services would have to renew their roadworthiness certificates twice a year.

“We allow commercial vehicles to have roadworthy renewals twice a year, so now they have to do that because now they use those of private cars for commercial. They need to be insured. There will be a sticker that will make them identifiable for all Uber, Taxify and all digital transports“, he stated.

He also added, “By the beginning of the first quarter in 2019, we will turn it on full steam whereby both Uber and Taxify and all digital transports will be regulated.”

Regulation Result Of Aggrieved Taxi Drivers?

A few months ago, local taxi drivers were upset with the likes of Uber and Taxify because they felt they were violating certain laws such as the LI 2180 regulation 130.

With this new development, operators of Uber, Taxify and other ride-sharing services could be seeing increased costs because of the regulation of having to renew road worthiness twice a year.

Whether this affects operations of the ride-sharing services remains to be seen.

 

Joseph-Albert Kuuire
Joseph-Albert Kuuire is the creator and editor of TechNovaGh.com, an online digital platform focusing on technology in Ghana. Email: [email protected]

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