Ghana’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), has announced that from the first quarter of 2019, the activities of all technology-driven transport service providers in the country will be regulated.
Vehicles for the purpose of ride-sharing, that operate under Uber, Taxify and other digital transport companies, will be issued with identification stickers from 2019.
Speaking on the sidelines of a Strategic Review Conference of the Authority for 2018 and 2019, Chief Executive of the DVLA, Kwasi Agyeman Busia said, “We allow commercial vehicles to have road worthy 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.
“That will be towards the end of this quarter, it will be ready to use. 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,” he said.
This measure will address concerns that local taxi drivers expressed towards the operations of these app-based taxi booking services.
Where Uber drivers are free from paying the Vehicle Income Tax collected from commercial vehicle operators on a quarterly basis.