The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has announced a mandatory fee to be paid annually by drivers in the ride-hailing services in the country. The drivers on these platforms are going to pay GH¢60 every year.
This is a part of a set of new guidelines from the DVLA, the Ministry of Transport, National Road Safety Commission, and the MTTD of Ghana Police Service. The DVLA has noted that the new guidelines don’t only affect current drivers in the ride-hailing services. The guideline will also cover companies that intend to operate ride-hailing platforms in Ghana in the future.
The owners of vehicles that are used for ride-hailing are to present their vehicles and registration certificates to the Digital Transport Center at DVLA’s Headquarters in Cantonment. According to the DVLA, this exercise is for “verification and authentication.”
If the owners of such vehicles aren’t available, a representative could present the vehicle on their behalf. The representative must go along with a duly signed Power of Attorney document as well as a valid national ID document. A special sticker will be issued to vehicles that have completed this process to be pasted “on the windscreen at all times.”
DVLA, in the statement, added 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.”