IMPORTERS & EXPORTERS RAISE RED FLAGS OVER TOWING LEVY
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IMPORTERS & EXPORTERS RAISE RED FLAGS OVER TOWING LEVY


By Jerry Akornor 


Importers and Exporters  Association has expressed displeasure over the planned implementation of a towing levy being advanced by private individuals through government.



A statement signed and issued by Executive Secretary 

Importers and Exporters Association Samson Asaki Awingobit said "We wish to state unequivocally that already the business community is going through challenges brought about by the ravaging corona virus. To this end, any further levy on Ghanaians and the business community in general will further deepen the woes of the business community and bring untold  hardship to Ghanaians by extension".



The association further said "We want to state that even though there are crushes  on the roads, a situation  that calls for concern and requires immediate remedy, we believe cars that break down on roads are not the only major cause of road accidents".


Below is the full statement signed by 

Samson Asaki Awingobit

Executive Secretary 

Importers and Exporters Association


23 April, 2021


To All Media Houses 


       Press Release

Importers and Exporters Raise Red Flag on the Towing  levy and Reject it in its Entirety 


We the Importers and Exporters  Association wish to express our displeasure at the planned implementation of towing levy being advanced by private individuals through government.


We wish to state unequivocally that already the business community is going through challenges brought about by the ravaging corona virus. To this end, any further levy on Ghanaians and the business community in general will further deepen the woes of the business community and bring untold  hardship to Ghanaians by extension.


We want to state that even though there are crushes  on the roads, a situation  that calls for concern and requires immediate remedy, we believe cars that break down on roads are not the only major cause of road accidents.


Our checks have revealed that fatigue driving or driving tired is one of the major causes of accidents on our roads.


In this vein, we call for a policy for all long journey drivers to have a spare driver . This we believe can go a long way to reduce the accidents on our roads as opposed to the hostile towing levy.


We also propose that there should compulsory rest stops for all drivers who do long journeys.


It must be placed on record that the business community has not been consulted on this and we deserve to know the cost component of this levy and how it is going to ameliorate our road traffic situation and prevent accidents. We also need to be involved in the roadmap for the implementation of such a levy if necessary.


It is against this background that we the Importers and Exporters Association  reject the planned  implementation of the towing levy, which when successful, would have debilitating effects on the business community and Ghanaians in general.


SIGNED:

Samson Asaki Awingobit

Executive Secretary 

Importers and Exporters Association

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