Stakeholders in the transport industry have kicked against a proposal by Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for a Transport Impact Assessment policy.
Otumfuo had called on the Ministry of Transport to immediately conduct a Transport Impact Assessment (TIA) to determine the number of vehicles that must be allowed and imported into the country.
The objective, according to the Asantehene, was to decongest the heavy traffic on the various road networks, especially in the cities.
“There are so many cars being imported into the country. This critically demands or calls for a Transport Impact Assessment. If we are able to do this, we will be able to determine the number of vehicles that have been imported into the country, as well as the number of vehicles that are needed to ply our roads at any given time,” the Asantehene said when the Minister of Transport, Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, paid a courtesy call on him at Manhyia Palace.
“How many kilometres of motorable road networks are there in Ghana that we are allowing so many vehicles to be imported? Everybody has a right to import a vehicle but there is the need to determine how many could ply our roads at any given time,” he noted.
Asantehene’s suggestion may have been informed by best practice elsewhere but beneficiaries describe it as misplaced because Ghana’s public transport system is still a mess.
They say while they appreciate recommendations on road traffic management especially in major cities and other highways, the proposed policy is not needed now.
Automobile Dealers in Ghana also believe the current crisis could be managed if the DVLA stops licensing rickety cars and government focuses on fixing roads.
National President of the Union, Eric Boateng who spoke to TVXYZ News served notice that any attempts to re-register vehicles under the guise of a new policy would be resisted.