02 January 2020 20:40
General News of Thursday, 2 January 2020 Source: www.ghanaweb.com Mad rush at DVLA office for 2020 number plates after new year play videoMr. Attah Kumah Mensah, Regional Licensing Officer, DVLA-Accra There's been a massive rush at the Accra premises of the Driver and Vehicle License Authority (DVLA) for the registration of 2020 number plates after the New Year. The observation was made after a visit by GhanaWeb to the premises on January 2 to check the processes for the newly introduced online Vehicle Registration System (VHS) and digitized DP licence plate registration. The Driver and Vehicle License Authority however says it's expecting to register about 300 vehicles by the close of January 2 since the introduction of the online Vehicle Registration System (VRS) which was launched on January, 1 2020. According to Mr. Attah Kumah Mensah, Regional Licensing Officer, DVLA-Accra, the VRS process which is expected to eliminate loopholes and prevent potential duplications has so far been remarkable despite a few challenges which have since been resolved. "Today we're targeting about 300 vehicles by the close work and the process for the VRS is going on very well so far and we've done a lot public sensitization with adverts, signages around and the patronage so far has also been remarkable and I entreat all car owners who have not registered their vehicles to go through the VRS" Mr. Kumah Mensah speaking in an interview with GhanaWeb on January 2 however revealed that there's been a challenge with registering commercial vehicles under the VRS but expects the issue to soon be resolved.
"We currently have a challenge with registering commercial vehicles when it comes to VRS but once that challenge is resolved it will take over the manual process completely but I can confirm that the process this time around is smoother than previous years," he explained. Explaining the notion of the Authority introducing new prefixes for the registration of vehicles, Mr. Kumah Mensah said the move was to decongest the Accra office to other vehicle registration and licensing centers across the country. The new license plate prefixes the Authority has introduced are; 'AK' for Bekwai-Ashanti, 'AP' for Mampong-Ashanti, 'AC' for Obuasi, and 'BT' for Techiman. Others are 'BW' for Wenchi, 'EN' for Nkawkaw, 'ES' for Somanya, 'VD' for Denu and 'WT' for Tarkwa. Checks by GhanaWeb at the Accra premises of the DVLA indicated the frustration of some persons by the process of the online vehicle registration.
A motorist, Ibrahim Mahama speaking to GhanaWeb said the process was rather moving at a slow pace and called for the authorities to put in place enough custom officers to speed up the process. "Right now, it's in God's hands and I just can't tell when I will be able to complete the registration process today or tomorrow" Another, Bossman Foster said; "Since morning the authorities here have not come out to tell us anything about the slow pace in registration. I don't know how many cars they have registered today but they claim they are working inside so we don't know where documents are coming from because you can see somebody holding between 5-10 documents, is that person having 10 cars to come and licence?" he quizzed. news, story, article By Kodjo Adams, GNA Accra, Jan 2, GNA - Car owners, who thronged the Accra Regional office of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), have expressed satisfaction at the smooth processes in issuing new number plates to them. Unlike previous years, where the processes took them a whole day to get new number plates or other services, the use of digitisation has improved the system in an effective and efficient manner. Mr Bright Amuzu, a Car owner, told the Ghana News Agency that the process was smooth compared to previous years, where most cars were parked inside the office yard waiting to be attended to. "I used less than an hour to go through the necessary procedures for my new number plate. The process was simple and accommodative, the only challenge is the queue at the banking hall," he said. Mr Francis Agbeke, who got his new number plate within an hour, said the processes were fast, commending DVLA for the innovation in facilitating the processes. "My concern has to do with the customs unit, where it takes time to validate the documents due to the large number of cars, but in all the process was moving steadily." Ms Praise Gbeho, a Car owner, said she was yet to get a number plate, but was impressed with the procedure so far. "The process has minimised the human interface and it is a good idea because in previous years, we had to abandon our work and spend the whole day to get services rendered at the DVLA office". Mr Atta Kumah Mensah, the Greater Accra Regional Manager, DVLA in an interview said the process was smooth because in 2019, they encouraged most car owners to do pre-inspection to facilitate the process in 2020. He said from 0800 hours to 1215 hours, the office had registered about 200 vehicles. The DVLA from January 2, 2019, commenced the use of an electronic platform to register vehicles to ensure that the time spent at the DVLA was reduced to prevent crowding. The vehicle owners were to present the vehicles to the Private Vehicle Test Station (PVTS) for inspection, present vehicles to DVLA for customs clearance, technical inspection and identity check. "We have deployed more points of service, where officers are assigned in various offices giving approval to new numbers. We have also add up to the number of roadworthy machines from two to four. We have also deployed online vehicle registration system running alongside the manual. Private vehicle go through the digital system, while the commercial vehicles and other cars go through the manual system". Mr Mensah said the Authority had lot of points of services for clients and three points of payment systems to streamline the system. He urged vehicle owners to desist from seeking the help of middle-men, popularly known as "goro boys" to avoid being swindled. GNA