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09.04.2009 Politics

Citizen appeals to President to lift ban...on transfer of auctioned gov`t vehicles

By Naa Betty Nelson - Ghanaian Chronicle
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A citizen in Accra, who bought government auctioned vehicles, is appealing to the government to lift the ban on the transfer of ownership on them, since they do not belong to any past government official.

The ban, which was a directive from the Presidency, was meant to curb the transfer of state-owned cars to past members of parliament and ministers, but had also affected private individuals, who are on the verge of losing their cars as well.

According to one victim, Mr. Yaw Boakye Nkansah, a long vehicle driver, it has been about three months since the banned was placed, and this had rendered most of them jobless.

He noted that the more than one hundred people, affected by this development, have to always check with the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS), to see if the ban has been lifted, to enable them obtain a confirmation to the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA), but all to no avail.

According to him, they bought the cars through an auction sale from the various government departments, including the Ghana Highways Authority and Ministry of Energy.

He further indicated that even though the auction took place in September last year, long before the general election, they had still not been given the mandate to claim the vehicles legally.

He pointed out that the auction took place in the majority of the regions of country, including Accra, Kumasi and Kukurantumi, with all the buyers paying outright, and the paper work done correctly.

However, the non-transfer of the vehicle into their various names, has become a problem being encountered by the affected persons, he stressed.

Mr. Nkansah said the normal procedure to solve the problem, was for CEPS to give them a letter of transfer addressed to the DVLA, so as obtain the legal ownership of the cars.

Presently, due to the ban on the transfer of state vehicles, the cars are parked in their garages.

According to him, as a result of the enforcement of the ban, they have not been able to use the vehicles they bought from the Highways Authority.

To him, the affected persons seem to be victims of circumstances, adding that a lot of them, especially the pensioners among them, had invested their life savings, since they wanted to use the vehicles for commercial purposes to generate income for their livelihoods.

Some also went for loans from banks, with the intention of using the vehicles for commercial purposes to generate income to pay the banks back, the Accra File learnt, and were appealing to the government to lift the ban, to enable them have daily incomes.

On his part, an auctioneer, whose vehicle has also been affected, said he had no idea why the ban applied to private individuals as well, and that the ban applied to saloon vehicles and not trucks.

He mentioned that the cars that were auctioned were more than five years old, more than the usual number of years that government authorises for the sale of state vehicles.

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