License Plate Manufacturers in Ghana have been cited for allegedly sabotaging and engaging in nefarious activities against the Driver and Vehicle License Authority (DVLA) in its quest to digitize the vehicle registration system in Ghana.
In an attempt to block financial leakages in the sector and maximize more revenue for the state, the Management and Board of the DVLA have introduced high security and digitized trade licensing with the aim of improving efficiency and security.
The DVLA is working within its mandate to contribute to the overall government agenda of digitizing the economy whilst significantly enhancing the ease of doing business in the country.
However, an ongoing investigation has revealed the move is facing a stiff resistance from a cabal of license plate manufacturers who have teamed up with some self seeking elements within the authority to form a dangerous and powerful “mafia” bent on sabotaging the entire transition because it is going against their personal gains.
Shockingly, the DVLA recorded a huge increment in revenue in less than a month with the introduction of the Hologram on the DV plates which has exposed the fraudulent activities within the plate manufacturing enclave and how they have been milking the authority and the state for the past twenty years.
To appreciate the gravity of the threat and loss in revenue, it is reported that an average of 7,000 DP plates are sold every month at a cost GH¢ 154 per plate and the number would triple after the successful roll out of the new digital platform.
In 2019, the total number of DV plates sold was 17,000 at a cost of 350 per plate. Therefore, the total revenue realized from DV plates was Five million, nine hundred and fifty thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC 5,950,000).
Interestingly, at the turn of 2020, the DVLA instructed the plate manufacturers to submit the plates to the authority for HOLOGRAMS to be embossed on them with security features before they are issued out.
This simple but effective undertaking by DVLA revealed that for just 18 days, from the period of 2nd to 20th January 2020, a total of 23,000 plates were sold generating a whopping amount of eight million and fifty thousand Ghana Cedis (8,050,000) which raised a huge eyebrows matching the figures against 17,000 plates for the whole of 2019.
Clearly, this was enough testament that the old system was flawed and this necessitated the introduction of a robust and secured digitized system to block all revenue leakages but an ongoing investigations point to a group that have links and friends at high places who have vowed to prevent the new registration technology from fully taking off.
This is a wake up call for government, law enforcers and national security apparatus to delve deeper into the shocking developments that is threatening operations of DVLA which could cost the nation millions of dollars.