The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has opened a new operational office at Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The Wenchi office will be the fifth in the region and twenty-ninth DVLA operational centre in the country as a whole. It is expected to serve customers within that enclave, who hitherto had to travel to Techiman or Kintampo to access services of the Authority.
Chief Executive Officer of the DVLA, Akwasi Agyeman Busia, in his remarks, said the Authority is committed to excellent service delivery to the admiration of all by investing in its digital and physical infrastructure space, as well as equipping staff with 21st century skills through capacity building programmes.
The Authority, he noted, is set for the introduction of innovations such as digital vehicle registration and incorporation of some local dialects into their system to serve that section of the public who are not conversant with the English language. The DVLA is also partnering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to check excessive vehicle emissions, so as to support the cause of protecting to environment and public, he added.
The Minister for Transport, Kweku Ofori Asiamah, commended the DVLA for the expansion drive to make its services easily accessible to all irrespective of one’s geographical location. He therefore urged staff of the new Wenchi office to strictly adhere to proper maintenance practices to prolong the lifespan of the infrastructure there.
On road accidents, the minister noted the rate of ‘carnage’ that has inundated road transportation in the country is “frightening and unacceptable” and called on all road-users to abide by safety regulations to reduce avoidable deaths and injuries.
He added: “The ministry will not sleep on its responsibility of safeguarding road-users and also ensuring high integrity of vehicles through roadworthy certification while we offer the needed support and guidance to DVLA.”
Board Chairman of DVLA, Frank Davies, entreated staff of the Authority to uphold professionalism and work harder to enhance the reputation of the authority as officials who are caught in dubious acts will not be spared.
Dr. Prince Afriyie Kwakye, Wenchi MCE said opening a new DVLA office in the area is the beginning of more development initiatives by government to position Wenchi as a preferred services centre in that part of the country.