By Amadu Kamil
Accra, Jan. 10, GNA - SPC Engineering, a company mandated by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to check the roadworthiness of vehicles has indicated that there are still fake DVLA stickers despite the introduction of a new one in 2018.
The company said because of the fake stickers, many vehicle owners were unwilling to come and check the roadworthiness of their vehicle, thereby causing road crashes and loss of revenue to the government.
Mr Dan Fosu Poku, the Chief Executive Officer of SPC Engineering who revealed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra thanked the DVLA for its swift responses to their operational difficulties.
The company, however, called on the DVLA to involve the private sector during consultations on tariffs increment and do periodic reviews of the tariffs of testing companies in the country to help them see returns on their investments.
“Failure to review our tariffs periodically affects our operations as cost of equipment and materials keep rising all the time, for the past six years, we have witnessed only one time increment in tariffs whilst cost of operation keeps rising.”
He further urged the DVLA to collaborate with the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service to educate the public to prevent the harassment of innocent drivers with genuine documents.
Mr Poku said, the DVLA in their efforts to weed out rickety vehicles, should liaise with the MTTD to strengthen the enforcement traffic laws, since about 70 per cent of the vehicles were not roadworthy.
He urged the Government to encourage private entrepreneurs to open more stations in remote areas, where test stations were not available to ensure roadworthiness and safety.
According to him, the opening of the testing stations must be within the regulatory framework to ensure quality assurance and safety of road users and the SPC through its rigorous testing of vehicles with state of the art equipment from Germany helped to reduce road crashes since the inception of the company.
“SPC does not compromise on standards and therefore provides second to none service to the general public.
“The inspection process, includes, identification, payment for test, visual test comprises windscreen, tyre, wipers, wheel knots and bolts, seat belt, number plates and seats while the automated test was made up of emission test, alignment, shock absorbers, front, rear and rear brakes test and the lighting system”.
SPC Engineering since 2011 is mandated by the DVLA to check the roadworthiness of vehicles, as part of efforts and measures by the Authority to reduce road crashes in the country.