FINDING a space in the centre spread of yesterday’s paper was a story with the headline, “Ten thousand drivers’ licences abandoned … Applicants fail to collect them at DVLA”.
The story indicated that over 10,000 driving licences 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 Beckley, who disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times in Accra on Tuesday, said efforts to reach the licence owners to collect them had proved futile.
He said his outfit was considering giving the owners, a grace period of one month after which GH¢20 would be charged before owners would be allowed to collect them.
The Times can understand the frustration and anxiety, the management of the DVLA is going through, as the continued pile up of these drivers’ licences, will create space problems in the various offices.
However, the owners should not entirely be blamed in view of the cumbersome manner and the long delay in the issuance of these licences.
It may interest the public to know that after going through the necessary processes for the acquisition and renewal of these licences, it takes the prospective applicants not less than six months to be issued with the identity cards.
During that period, the applicants are granted temporary licences by the DVLA, permitting them to drive on the roads.
Even though the DVLA demands for applicants’ telephone numbers as a condition for the acquisition, it hardly calls to inform them that their licences are ready for collection.
Applicants on their own, visit the DVLA offices on numerous occasions for enquiries, to which they are often told that their licences are not ready.
Perhaps, this and many other factors, have contributed to the huge number of drivers’ licences gathering dust at the various DVLA offices in the country.
Unless, the DVLA streamlines the procedures and processes in the acquisition of driver’s licence, we would continue to have a huge number of licences abandoned in their offices by applicants.
The Times urges the leadership of the DVLA to be more proactive and firm in the issuance of these licences, to enable applicants to acquire them within the shortest possible time.
This, we believe, would relieve them of the current frustration and anxiety that have contributed to the pile up of these licences on their shelves.