The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) will commence the licensing of all earth moving equipment including bulldozers and excavators among others in the country.
The move is aimed at sanitizing and streamlining mining operations in Ghana.
To this end, the Ministry of Transport has issued a directive to owners of such equipment to license and register them with the DVLA before the 31st of March 2019 or face the full rigours of the law.
A statement from the Ministry of Transport making the announcement read in part that ‘’the move will allow the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) to track all earth-moving equipment used for mining in the country’’.
The statement added that “A person who uses or keeps a motor vehicle or trailer not being an exempt motor vehicle on the road when particulars of the motor vehicle or trailers have not been entered in the register maintained by the licensing authority, in accordance with Section 39 of the Road Traffic Act, 2004, Act 683, commits an offence and is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding 250 penalty units or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 12 months or to both.”
Read the full statement below.