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Stop charging Digital Transport Fees – DVLA orders Uber, Bolt, Yango operators

Stop charging Digital Transport Fees – DVLA orders Uber, Bolt, Yango operators

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has directed all digital transport operators to immediately cease the collection of Digital Transport Fees.

It said consultations will be held with the Ministry of Transport and other stakeholders to ensure that consensus is reached before full implementation of the Digital Transport Guidelines.

This follows rollout of the Guidelines by online ride-hailing operators like Bolt, Yango and Uber who have passed on the fee to patrons.

A charge of GH¢1 per trip is said to charged as ‘Digital Transport Fee’ or ‘Booking Fee’.

Chief Executive of DVLA Kwasi Agyeman Busia, however, stated in a letter to the digital transport operators to cease the collection as per the “reactions” and “concerns” that have greeted the implementation of the Guidelines.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Online Drivers Union of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is asking the DVLA to ensure that the system is fully integrated and tested.

“We understand the benefits of DTSS to government, app companies, drivers and riders,” it said in a press release on Wednesday, April 5.

“We are ready to support DTSS that will improve good working conditions and imprvfe Safety/Security for both drivers and riders and fair works in the ecosystem.

“All drivers will sign onto the DTSS for free, procedures are underway to resolve and provide premium services regarding driver’s license and certification, vehicle registration and certification.

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“We are pleading with DVLA to kindly put the Digital Transport Fee on hold until full integration and testing of the DTSS system.”

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