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Yango and other ride-sharing services to pay annual mandatory fee to DVLA

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA)
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA)

Yango, Bolt and other ride-sharing services to pay annual mandatory fee to DVLA: -The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has issued a mandatory fee to be paid annually by drivers Uber,Yango, Bolt and any other ride-sharing services in Ghana. The drivers on these platforms are to pay GH¢60 every year.

This is a part of a set of new guidelines from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), the Ministry of Transport, National Road Safety Commission, the MTTD of Ghana Police Service and other key stakeholders.

The DVLA has noted that the new guidelines don’t only affect current drivers in the ride-sharing services. The guideline will also cover companies that intend to operate ride-sharing platforms in Ghana in the future.

Owners of vehicles that are used for ride-sharing are to present their vehicles and its registration certificates to the Digital Transport Center at DVLA’s Headquarters in Cantonment. According to the DVLA, this exercise is for “verification and authentication.”

A signed Power of Attorney and a valid national ID document is required if owners of such vehicles aren’t available. A special sticker will be issued to vehicles that have completed this process to be pasted “on the windscreen at all times.”

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) further stated that

“Having successfully signed up, the vehicle must now undergo roadworthy examination and certification every six (6) months as it is the case for all commercial vehicles.”

Note that only vehicle owners can be represented by someone, drivers would have to be present at the Digital Transport Center themselves for their verification and authentication.

“Unlike in the case of the vehicle owner, the driver must be physically present for this activity. Drivers must ensure that, at all times, they possess a valid Driver’s Licence.”

The Authority also added that companies that operate the digital transport platforms must only work with drivers who have been verified by the DVLA.

“Once you are signed on, only verified and approved vehicles and drivers must be enrolled on your platform. The DVLA data system becomes the only valid source for verifying the authenticity of a driver’s license or a vehicle’s registration. Submit quarterly reports in the form as agreed with the Authority.”

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