Republic of Ghana
*CONCERNS OF THE MOTOR DEALERS IN GHANA.*
We are writing to the president of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufu Addo, as Motor Dealers Association of Ghana to raised a serious concern about the recent rampant arrests of motor ridders and the confiscations of motorbikes all over the country.
As an Association, the recent rampant arresting of motorbike riders in Ghana, is a cause of concern. Motorbike ridders and dealers also forms an integral part of Ghana’s development, thus motorcycling is also a major means of transportation, especially in the northern and southern part of the country.
We also cannot forget that even the police escort of the President makes use of motorcycles.
Auto mechanics and motorcycle dealers are concerned because, these arrests affect their businesses. Even company motorcycles are confiscated and are fined to pay monies as high as Gh₵200.00 to 300.00 per arrest.
Regarding this issue, we are calling on the government of Ghana to present clear stated laws and regulations for motorcycle dealers and riders in Ghana. Once import is allowed, it shows that, it is legal to own and use motorcycles. Why then are the motorcycle riders being arrested and the bikes confiscated?
Your Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, we humbly request that, the plight of motorcycle dealers in Ghana will be heard and we pray that, the necessary laws will be put in place and acted upon to resolve this issue as soon as possible.
The Police almost emptied Ashaiman, Tema and other parts of Accra last week. Not to talk of the Ashanti, Volta and the Northern regions of Ghana.
We are not against the actions of the Police, neither do we support the way they are going about their actions. The right thing must be done. Unregistered bikes can be arrested alright, as well as those who have no licenses and even those who breaks road traffic regulations.
But in the case of arresting every motorbike that comes their way even with or without crash helmet, registered or not, is rather detrimental to the riders, dealers and the NPP Government as well.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia ‘yankuri yi magana’. Riding a motorbike in some part of Accra looks like shear butter escaping the sun.
Riders are crying day and night, paying huge sums of monies to the Ghana police service.
Visit the various police stations and see how many motorbikes have been confiscated. Others are being put before courts, if they are not able to settle in the dark.The question is, where does these monies go to?
Some of the factors to these problems are; the high cost of the registration of the bikes. Something must be done about it, that’s what’s deterring some of them from registering.
We pay import duty for a 50cc bike like 560ghc and shipping like 50usd per one, making almost 750ghc per a bike (fixed cost per a bike). But we can still manage and sell some bike for 800ghc and 900ghc, just for the love of the country and to reduce stress of walking and traffick connections in the country, yet still some institutions don’t value our work.
We will not sit nor keep quite for such a thing to happens to us, after paying huge sums of monies to the Government as import duties, just for the Police to arrest, confiscate and extort monies from us and our buyers. Motors are made in such a way that, it does not last in the user’s hand for years unlike cars, so if the registration price goes hihg like Ghc400.00 – 500.00 and the joining of long queues at the license office (DVLA) for days, weeks and months, it deters them from doing it.
One person can change 10 bikes a year and if all were to get a registration number for all, it would take all our money. So the easiest way to expell these corruptions in that sector is that, the registration should be together wit the import duty, like wise a country like Togo is practicing. Once you buy and get you papers, that’s all.”
Long live Ghana
Long live the president
Long live MDAG
Motor Dealers Association