The Ashanti Regional office of the Driver, Vehicle and Licence Authority (DVLA) generated GH?4,596,379.30 as revenue from vehicle registration, renewal of road worthy certificates, licences and sale of highway codes to motorists last year.
Two years ago, the regional DVLA generated GH?3,743,982.11 as revenue from the various services they ?offered to motorists.
Briefing the Daily Graphic about the authority?s operations, the regional licensing officer, Mr Noah Tettey Matey, noted that the increase in revenue put much premium on its contributions towards sustainable national development.
He noted that last year, for example, 19,052 vehicles were registered in the region as against 13,902 in 2011. He added that the increased number of vehicles registered in 2012 generated GH?1,280,359.25, as against GH?969,008.50, generated two years ago.
Mr Matey said revenue accruing from the issuing of road worthy certificates to motorists also increased from GH?1,477,376.51 in 2011 to GH?1,692,725.71 last year, with licence duties also increasing from GH?1.202,273.85 in 2011 to GH?1,519,143.84 last year.
According to the regional licensing officer, the region also generated a total of GH?49,410.50 last year through the sale of highway codes to the driving public in the region, as against a total of GH?42,l55,75 last year.
He said proceeds from the issuing of new licences to drivers also increased from GH?53,167.50 in 20l1 to GH?54,740.00 last year.
Commenting on the revenue generation by the DVLA, Mr Matey noted that over the years, the DVLA had been making giant strides towards sustainable national development, explaining that it was their revenue that beefed up the purse of the Road Fund Secretariat.
Mr Matey said if vehicles were maintained to be in very good conditions and competent drivers were behind the steering wheels, the numerous accidents that had been occurring would reduce considerably,
He acknowledged the increasing number of accidents on the road in spite of their services and urged the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service to strictly enforce road safety regulations.
That, he said, would ensure that only competent drivers and road-worthy vehicles plied the roads.
Mr Matey expressed concern about the numerous licences that were yet to be collected by drivers who were tested about two years ago.
He said the indication was that many drivers had no licences, yet were driving.
While appealing to such drivers to collect their licences, he said it was important for the MTTU to be vigilant on the road to ensure that only licensed drivers plied the highways.
Source: Daily Graphic