Friday, 18 August 2017
I've become jaded to videos of people doing silly things in supercars, but just when you think you've seen it all, a video of some dude towing goats in a Lamborghini Murcielagoappears. I'm not sure why this guy thought this was a good idea, but ehhh, it's probably better not to question it.
The video comes from Australia and was posted to YouTube last week by user Joseph Criniti, who doesn't offer any explanation as to why this guy was towing goats in a Lamborghini. Whoever was sitting in the passenger seat of the Murcielago seems unfazed by the bizarre situation she's a participant in.
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Road Transport Consultant, Cecil Garbrah has described as “rubbish”, the decision by the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) to make vehicle owners pay a mandatory yearly towing fee.
Effective July 1, 2017, vehicle owners and motorcyclists will pay compulsory annual fees, tied to the acquisition of road worthy certificate, to cater for towing services.
Fees per year for both commercial and non-commercial vehicles, depending on tonnage, range from ?20 to ? 200.
The NRSC is introducing the service in order to rid the country’s roads of abandoned broken down vehicles which cause accidents.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority and the Ghana Police Service are collaborating to ensure such stationary vehicles are cleared off the road.
There is already a chorus of disapproval among the travelling public, particularly commercial drivers, over the scheduled implementation of the new regulation. There are close to Two million vehicles plying the roads across the country, according to the NRSC statistics.
Speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Mr. Garbrah, who is also the Executive Director at Toptech Transport & Logistics said the timing is wrong and premature.
“How can you use one week [or] two weeks to tell the public this is what you are going to do? It is not fair,” he said.
Although he agrees in principle that the provision of towing services will help reduce accidents on the roads, he argued there is not enough awareness creation on the regulation.
“All we know is that from 1st of July we are going to pay this amount [and] I think it is really rubbish honestly! We don’t have to accept this. If you are coming to do this, come up with public awareness first,” maintained the past president of the Ghana Association of Driving Schools.
Impact on commuters
Contributing to the discussion, National Vice Chairman of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) Robert Sarbah said, although the directive will add to their operational cost, it is the commuters who will feel the impact.
“This will also impact on the cost of our operation and we will pass it on to the passengers. We will not feel it much,“ Mr. Sarbah said.
In addition to public awareness, the GPRTU Vice Chair also wants the fee reviewed ahead of the implementation deadline.
“If for anything at all the fees must be reduced by 50 percent,” Mr. Sarbah appealed.
A private firm, Road Safety Management Company Limited incorporated in June, 2011 and owned by businessman, Joseph Siaw Agyepong, who also owns waste management company, Zoomlion, has been awarded the contract to tow broken down vehicles from the roads.
The Road Safety Management Company Limited and it's allied service providers will enjoy 85% of the charges while the DVLA and Police Service share 5% each. Ministry of Finance as well as NRSC will also be allocated 5% each from the proceeds.
Communications Manager for the National Road Safety Commission, Kwame Kodua Atuahene says the Ghana Police Service which is originally mandated provide towing services is constrained with capacity.
According to Mr. Atuahene, the purpose of the levy “is to have vehicle owners make a certain minimum contribution to be able to deal with a national issue”.
“The Police do not have the capacity to handle this situation…the Commission [NRSC] does not have the resources to procure these trucks,” hence the engagement of the private sector participant.
He maintained: "this project has gone through all the necessary benchmarks” as provided by the law.
“The problem is there; the government may not have the resources to deal with the problem; the private sector is there but it comes with a cost,” he said.
It is the hope of Mr. Atuahene that the public will comply with the new regulation in order to reduce the number of road crashes caused by abandoned vehicles.
The government says it has taken note of concerns raised by a section of the public regarding the mandatory towing charges to take effect on July 1 and is taking steps to resolve them.
Deputy Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said there have already been a series of engagements with various stakeholders to see how to deal with some of the concerns.
He said Saturday on Newsfile on Joy FM/Multi TV that government was “picking the various pieces of all the legislation that have to deal with the [tow tax]...to take a second look at it.”
From July 1, vehicle owners will be required to pay the mandatory Road Safety Fee each time they renew their road worthy certificate at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).
Commercial vehicles and taxis will pay GH¢40, mini buses will pay GH¢80, while heavy duty trucks will pay between GH¢80 and GH¢200 annually, depending on their tonnage. Non-commercial vehicles are expected to pay GH¢20, while motorbike owners will pay GH¢10 annually.
Some 118 trucks have been acquired by Road Safety Management Services Limited (RSMSL), the private company contracted by the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) for the national towing service.
The charges are to provide reliable towing service so that when vehicles are abandoned on the road the NRSC can ensure that they are swiftly towed.
Many road accidents have been caused by speeding vehicles crashing into stationary vehicles.
There have mixed reactions to the legislation, although public disapproval seems the fiercest.
Critics disagree that the fee should be mandatory. Others say there were no consultations before the legislation was passed.
Vice President of thnk tank, IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, Kofi Bentil, has described the incoming tax as an attempt to steal from Ghanaians.
According to him, there are existing laws that mandate Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to provide towing services in their respective jurisdictions.
Chief Policy Analyst at the Ghana Institute of Public Policy Options (GIPPO) Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby on Thursday, has also called on the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, to immediately halt the implementation of the policy.
The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) has since petitioned the President over the matter.
During discussions about the tax on Newsfile, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the government is engaging with the relevant stakeholders to see “whether or not there is room to do the necessary maneuvers that will ensure that the problem is solved but is solved in a manner that is generally acceptable to the broader population.”
Meanwhile, Road Safety Management Limited defends that concept, pointing out that a similar system is practised the world over to keep roads safe.
Gov’t to ‘take second look’ at controversial tow tax was originally published on ApexTowing - Dublin
Thursday, 17 August 2017
When a motorist’s car got towed, he desperately needed a few personal items from inside.
When he asked to retrieve the items from an impound lot, he was told: for a price.
Kalen Tartt’s car was legally towed to GTS towing’s site in Dolton. He didn’t have the money to get it out. He just wanted his belongings, including his Social Security card, his ID and his birth certificate. The car was towed while Tartt was job-hunting.
The clerk told him: “If you want any of your belongings out of the vehicle it’s $190.”
Another clerk at GTS had asked for money and the vehicle’s title.
When CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker asked about the conditions, the clerk responded: “The owner of the company — those are his rules. It’s a private company.”
But those rules could violate a state statute that says vehicle owners may claim certain personal belongings, including eyeglasses, food, medicine, a wallet, identifying documents, cash and credit cards.
Demanding cash can be an intimidation tactic to get unknowing customers to get their cars out.
Tartt eventually paid the full $425 to get his car back.
“I don’t think it was fair but I had to do it,” he says.
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