We are disappointed in Govt – Concerned Drivers Association

The Concerned Drivers Association (CDA) of Ghana has expressed disappointment in the Ghana Police Service for saying “they don’t have enough men to protect them.”

The CDA is demonstrating against the President Akufo Addo government scheduled for today, November 7, 2017 but to their surprise the police said they do not have enough men to protect them.

According to the drivers, they had agreed with the police to demonstrate in their commercial vehicles only to be disappointed by the police.

Speaking on the Radio Gold Power Drive with Samuel Eshun, the Public relations officer for the association, David Agboado, accused the NPP government and the police of colluding to frustrate their intended peaceful demonstration.

“We are suffering and life is becoming too difficult for us. Increment in petrol prices, the introduction of new licence fees, road toll levy increased from Ghc49-75 among other polices which is subtly targeted at destroying our businesses,” he said.

He added: “Taxi driver are suffering, trotro drivers are suffering, truck drivers are suffering. We no longer can feed our wives and children due to the draconian policies being introduced by the NPP.”

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) will today, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, begin issuing smart driver’s licenses across the country.

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia will launch the new Smart Drivers’ License that has been touted to be among the most secured in the world.

Director in charge of Driving Training, Testing and Licencing at the DVLA, Cheyuo Wienna Musah, says the card will be West Africa’s first.

The new digital card will fast-track the acquisition of new drivers licences as applicants will now be able to obtain it within a period of two to four weeks.

But the PRO for the Concerned Drivers Association, David Agboado, said his colleagues are not enthused with government attempt to deceive them.

He said: “DSP Kwesi Fori told us we can’t demonstrate with cars and if we dare they will deal with us. He said 390 cars are too many and we said 10 cars but he still insisted we mustn’t use cars.”

“We are very worried but not demoralized. We will use all available means to press home our concerns to ensure government intervenes,” he added.

Acquiring the new driver’s license will attract an additional GH₵ 91 separate from the present charges on all other services including replacement (GH₵ 64 + GH₵ 91 = GH₵ 155), new license (GH₵ 166 + GH₵ 91 = GH₵ 257) and transferring a foreign license to Ghanaian one (GH₵ 364 + GH₵ 91 = GH₵ 445).

By: Kojo Bekoe/

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