10,000 driving licences abandoned at DVLA offices

DVLA BOSS,OVER 10,000 driving licenses have gathered dust at the various Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) offices, despite appeals to the owners to go for them.

The Chief Executive of DVLA Rudolph P.K. Beckley, who disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday said efforts to reach the licence owners to collect them have proved futile.

Between January to December last year, he said, 35, 000 driving licences were proceed out of which 24,932 were collected by their owners.

Mr. Beckley said his outfit was considering giving the owners’ grace period of a month after which GH¢20 would be charged before owners would collect them.

He said apart from the fact that some applicants failed to show up for their licences, it was believed that others feared to report for them because they might have probably applied for clases or types they might not have qualified for.

The DVLA Chief Executive said realising that some of the applicants might not meet the criteria for a particular class of licence, a two-member committee was constituted to assess the licences before releasing them to their owners.

The move, he said, was to do away with unqualified drivers and consequently reduce the spate of road accidents in the country.

“In our quest to promote safety on our roads, the DVLA is taking stringent measures to scrutinise driving licences before they are released,” and added that the decision was to ensure that only persons tested and passed were issued with the licence.

He also appealed to temporary licence holders to visit respective issuing offices to ascertain the status of their applications.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour

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