Mr Samuel Oppong

Mr Samuel Oppong, a Traffic Management Expert is proposing a new National Database System through a Digital Readable Vehicle Number plate, to reposition the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to achieve optimal revenue and road safety.

He said that would be achieved through the use of improved automated systems, in the case of vehicle registration in Ghana.

Mr Oppong made this known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra at weekend.

He said the ultimate target of the system was to improve road safety, revenue collection and create jobs for the youth.

Mr Oppong said the new development among the activities would be implemented to achieve the objectives and targets through a Vehicle Registration and Management Systems (VRMS), a web based platform.

The web based platform, he said, would be installed on a 3-tier Data Centre with a replicating site for disaster recovery to be connected to stakeholders such as the Private Vehicle Testing Stations (PVTS), Insurance Companies, and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service.

“Other stakeholders are the Ghana Revenue Authority (Customs Division), National Identification Authority, Banks, Motor Courts, the Ghana Immigration Service and the Public.

He explained that the connection would be done through a secured VPN using the appropriate encryption and other security tools to protect and secure data.

The Traffic Management Expert said the VRMS deployment would be done through a dedicated Local Area Networks at all DVLA and PVTS Centres or through a Wide Area Network leveraging on the infrastructure which National Information Technilogy Agency had already provided nationwide.

He said having established the connection to all major stakeholders, the DVLA would do a re-registration of all vehicles and owners/drivers of vehicles using the vehicle registration documents, all receipts from the GRA, roadworthy certificate from the PVTS, insurance cover notes, national IDs of owner/driver of vehicle and service charge receipts from DVLA.

The Data collected, he said, would be used to generate the appropriate number plate for the vehicle using the VRMS.

“Here, the algorithm for the generation of the number plate format would be discussed with the DVLA before the VRMS is finalized.

Mr Oppong said the deployment of the system would ensure the creation of an automatic toll payment system which would drastically reduce the long ques of traffic at the toll booths.

“The outcome of the re-registration exercise would result in easy tax determination and collection, proper and accurate data on vehicle inspection, number plate authentication and accurate information on the number and types of vehicles in the country for planning purposes,” he noted.

Mr Oppong recommended that to ensure a successful and complete implementation of the proposal, more PVTS be licensed across the country, taking into consideration, the creation of additional regions and districts.

He also suggested that speed cameras that could communicate with the vehicle’s number plates be installed to generate all registration information pertaining to the vehicle.

“The insurance companies of all traffic offenders could also be surcharged with the fines directly and instantly, for clients to be billed in turn for refund”.

“This policy would ensure that regular or reckless traffic offenders would not have any insurance company to cover their risks ultimately reducing accidents on roads,” he noted.

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The Ghana news Agency (GNA) was established on March 5, 1957, i.e. on the eve of Ghana's independence and charged with the "dissemination of truthful unbiased news". It was the first news agency to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa. GNA was part of a comprehensive communication policy that sought to harness the information arm of the state to build a viable, united and cohesive nation-state. GNA has therefore been operating in the unique role of mobilizing the citizens for nation building, economic and social development, national unity and integration.


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