As part of measures to stamp out activities of middlemen popularly known as goro boys, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), has launched a mobile van service to increase access to its clients.
Dubbed, the DVLA Express Mobile Service (DEMOBS), the programme involves the use of branded Nissan vehicles, well equipped with materials capable of offering services such as acquisition of learner driverís license, renewal of learner driverís license and renewal of driverís license.
It is also designed to provide services including issuance of international driving permit, replacement of driver’s license and issuance of duplicate license for drivers in recognised institutions, organisations and companies and communities across the country with similar charges preferred at DVLA offices.
The service will begin next week at Afram Plains in the Eastern Region and Ellembelle District in the Western Region and later extended to all districts in the country.
The Chief Executive of DVLA, Noble Appiah, who announced these at the launch of the service in Accra yesterday, expressed the hope that the new service would increase access by extending services of DVLA to the doorsteps of its clients while eliminating activities of goro boys who provide fraudulent license to some drivers.
He said the service was developed to complement the work of 27 operational centres currently providing services to 200 districts adding “the whole idea was to get more people to have access to our services”.
According to him, it was part of the initiatives introduced by the authority in recent times to reduce pressure on the offices of DVLA and cut some of the cumbersome process of acquiring license.
“There are going to be two vans to begin the programme,” he stressed and assured that the authority would soon procure more of such vehicles to cater for the 10 regions of the country.
“Two additional vans will be added to the existing number of vans by December, 2016. The authority anticipate that by the middle of next year, the service will be available to all drivers across the country,” he said.
Mr. Appiah explained that the service would be made available when up to 20 or more drivers in any institution or company make a request for it adding that “we shall also move the vans to communities across the country.
“Drivers would have to pay similar statutory fees preferred at our offices but additional service fee will be charged for the cost of transporting the service,” he said.
By Charles Amankwa and Benedicta Ampadu Okyere