According to a report by Myjoyonline.com, the National Road Safety Authourity (NRSA), has given an indication that it will re-introduce the road tow levy as part of measures to improve safety on the country's roads.
Already in the 2021 budget that was read by the Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensa Bonsu last month, the government has introduced six new taxes.
The six new taxes include; Tax on betting/gaming, Covid-19 Health Levy of 1% on VAT, Energy Sector Recovery Levy of 20 pesewas per litre on fuel, Review of road tolls, Sanitation and Pollution levy, and Financial sector cleanup levy. The ripple of effects of the new taxes, have not quite settled yet.
This is not the first time an attempt is being made to introduce the Road Toll Levy, moves to implement a law that imposes a mandatory levy on all owners and persons in charge of motor vehicles, for the purpose of towing broken down or disabled vehicles on the roads, was abandoned following a public uproar.
But beyond the economic implication of reintroducing the road toll levy at this time, or at any other time for that matter is the reaction of Ghanaians who will interpret such a move as inconsiderate given the socio-economic challenges that are widespread in the society.
We shudder to imagine the extent of the reverberating effect such a move will have on Ghanaians, as every decision that affect cars in this country, has a trickledown effect on transport fares.
There is no denying the fact that it will commercial drivers, especially operators of trotro to throw caution to the winds and jack up their prices that are already biting hard.
This newspaper is persuaded to point out that this will be too bad for the country where the effect of Covid-19 is already affecting millions of Ghanaians, who patronize commercial transport in their daily activities.
We are not oblivious of the effect road accidents is having on the economy, as well as families, who lose their loved ones to the fatality, but we wish to state that, the solution to the problem is not always about introducing a levy but just as simple as enforcing the law.
Under our laws, how long is a broken down vehicle supposed to be left in the middle of the road, before it is toyed.
In our opinion, any suggestion towards an introduction of the road toll levy, smacks of insensitivity giving the harrowing pains Ghanaians are going through.