The Volta Regional office of the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has got a new Regional Manager in the person of Mr. Samuel Lodonu.
The new DVLA boss comes to the office with over fifteen years of experience under his belt, having served in Winneba in the Central Region and in the Greater Accra region.
Speaking to globalfmonline.com, Mr. Lodonu outlined, among other things, his desire to see DVLA in the Volta region function properly by delivering speedy and professional services to the people.
Per his mandate, the Mr. Lodonu also has supervisory role over the Denu, Hohoe and Kadjebi branches of DVLA which are currently under construction.
There are about 26 state-owned DVLA offices nationwide, while several others also run under Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
As part of their new policy, the DVLA boss explains that very soon every second hand vehicle would have to go through the private DVLA garage before coming to the government DVLA departments for further documentation.
“With this arrangement, only brand new cars that can come to us directly without going to the private garage.”
“I will set up a training school in collaboration with the various District Assemblies just to train drivers for an hour without charge. This will go a long way to upgrade the knowledge of the drivers, especially the taxi drivers, so as to eliminate the frequent occurrences of accidents on our roads” he said.
“I have started sacking some people already because of this ‘goro boys’ issue. We have to eliminate these people from the system so that people can pay realistic money for services. I have also asked that the tag of regional manager be taken off my entrance and everybody directed to my office (room 3), in that case I want everybody to come into my office freely and present their problems to me personally for redress,” he added.
Speaking on the amount paid by motorists for services; he said that the only price difference is when a customer needs to pay a penalty for not renewing his license or road worthy certificate on time. He was quick to add that the fees that people pay must tally with the receipt they get.
“What DVLA charges for new licenses is GH 326.00, but it’s mandatory to go to a driving school before coming to us and we have no control over what the driving schools charge. Renewing of license must cost you less than GH 50.00 so nobody should pay more” he admonished.
Mr. Lodonu, who is barely two weeks in his new office, has advised the public to come to his office directly and not pass through anybody when they are faced with problems. He again cautioned parents against allowing their young children to commute to and from school on the highways all by themselves because such actions gravely endanger the lives of these children.
“I will advise parents to take their children to school themselves because what they can give these children is education, so it is proper they think of the safety of the kids. There was an accident in front of our office just yesterday involving a pupil; it wasn’t a nice scene at all. So parents should not leave their children on the highways to go to school. I want all drivers to please concentrate anytime they are behind the steer. Concentration is key in driving. My doors are wide open and ready to accommodate everybody so I will entreat the public to come to me at any time,” he added.
By the time Fred of Global News returned to the office, after stepping out briefly, the new manager was holding some tutorials for some people who wanted a renewal of their licenses.
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