The Chairman of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) board, Frank Davies, has cautioned staff of the authority against acts of corruption.
Mr. Davies said the authority was determined to stamp out corrupt practices in the system and would not countenance any staff member who engages in it. He gave the warning in Sunyani in the Bono Region during a three-day mid-year review workshop organised by the authority.
The board chairman said DVLA was creating a new image for itself to become the best public service organisation worthy of emulation; and it would depend on the hard work of the staff to make that happen. “The new executives of the authority have worked hard to erase the bad image of the authority as being corrupt to introduce technologically innovative methods that have eliminated personal contact in doing business with clients,” he stated.
He pointed out that doing business with the authority is now efficient, where transactions like vehicle registrations and licence acquisition are all done electronically and owners issued with vehicle registration smart cards. He said the technology introduced was phasing out the middlemen (Goro Boys) syndrome that created a lot of inconveniences for clients.
“As we commend ourselves for the successes chalked up over the years, I want to caution individual staff who want to ride at the back of the authority to amass wealth to be careful, because the board would not countenance any act that seeks to mar the reputation of the authority again,” he emphasised, adding “such a person would not be spared but shown the exit and possibly be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.”
Chief Executive Officer of DVLA, Kwasi Agyeman Busia, said the authority had added new services like ride-sharing with Uber and Taxify in the area of regulation.
“There is also the introduction of bi-annual registration of vehicles, better aligned, better control securitised licence plate manufacturing with centralised embossing, authentication of vehicle insurance either during registration or renewal of road worthiness, among others, currently being piloted at the headquarters,” he said.