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28.03.2009 General News

DVLA will win back public confidence - Amegashie

By gna

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has embarked on reforms to win back public confidence as a corruption-free institution promoting good driving standards, its director said on Saturday.

Mr. Justice Yao Amegashie, Acting Chief Executive of the DVLA said reports of alleged corrupt practices against staff of the Authority were being investigated and urged the public to exercise patience.

Addressing the Volta Region staff of the Authority Ho, he said while his administration would adhere to fairness in dealing with personnel, it would not compromise on discipline, safety and security.

“It is not a right to own a driving license but a privilege,” he said and reminded the staff of the Authority to issue driving license to only competent applicants.

This, he held, would reduce the human error causative element in road accidents and restore public confidence in the Authority as a credible regulator.

Mr. Amegashie urged the staff to be diligent, circumspect and adhere to processes and procedures in their statutory functions.

He said DVLA would cooperate with major stakeholders, including the Information Service, Road Safety Commission, commercial transport unions and more importantly the police Motor Traffic and Transport Unit to ensure safety on the road.

“The Information Service and the media will be used to educate the public on road worthiness, road signs and how to get driving licenses to enhance the public's understanding of the real issues,” Mr Amegashie said.

He said offices of the Authority would be equipped with mobile testing instruments and that electronic receipting will be done in areas where there are no on-site banks.

Mr Amegashie said issues of staff welfare and training were dear to his heart and called for their collaboration for a mutual benefit.