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26.04.2008 General News

DVLA Begins Full Automation Of Registration Process

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Come December this year, issuance of drivers' license and vehicle registration in Ghana would be done on-line following an automation process, which has began at the Drive and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).
The process would streamline the Authority's operations and reposition it to provide a world class service, eliminating all activities of middlemen and reduce the current huge cost on stationery.
Speaking at the launch of the project on Friday, Mr Joe Osei Owusu, Chief Executive of the Authority said the 306,000 GH cedi-project, which is being funded through an internally generated source, would also ensure that applicants no longer have their vehicles inspected by the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS).
He said the automation system that would link all operations of all stakeholders in the transport sector, would provide a nationwide monitoring of drivers and vehicle owners ensuring that they complied with the requisite regulations.
Mr. Osei-Owusu said, 'By this introduction, all regional and district offices can report daily to the head office in Accra and where they fail to report, head office can check online all information it needs.
'As an all encompassing system, our administrative and accounting processes would not be left out. For instance one would not require a box of papers and printer to circulate memos to the attention of all staffs.'
Mr Godfred Tangu Bayon, Minister of State at the Ministry of Transportation lauded the initiative and urged DVLA to consolidate its gains and hold on tight to its vision of providing a world class service.        
He said what DVLA has done was a demonstration of a world class public service provider, added; 'I hope the 'Goro' (middlemen in the registration process) boys will be strongly dealt with by the automation.
'The phenomenon has been a huge task in our flesh and we are glad to initiate moves to discard it into the bin of history,' Mr Bayon said.

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