The Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA) standalone system for certification of vehicles and drivers has been compromised by ‘goro boys’.
Mr Kwasi Agyeman Busia, DVLA Chief Executive, disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of a training workshop for technicians of the Authority in Tema.
Mr Busia said because his outfit was currently using a standalone system, it was easy for ‘goro boys’ to enter, copy files and duplicate, leading to fake certifications in the country.
According to him, if the system has not been compromised, there would be no fake certificates and licenses that looked exactly like the authentic ones even though it was not his outfit that issued it.
This, he said, accounted for the certification of faulty, rickety, and non-roadworthy vehicles plying the roads and emitting carbon dioxide in addition to causing some accidents.
He announced that a new system which was not a standalone would be introduced by the DVLA in the weeks to replace the compromised one as a measure to prevent duplication.
Mr Busia who refused to mention the new system said “they should wait and see how easy it won’t be for them to imitate it”.
He added that as the body with the sole responsibility of authorizing vehicles, on the roads, the DVLA would ensure the elimination of activities of goro boys by reducing drastically the human interactions in the issuance of certificates and licenses.
Touching on the training, the DVLA Chief Executive said, it was aimed at equipping the technicians to be abreast of the world class standard of comprehensive vehicle testing.
He said the Authority had outsourced some of its testing operations to private vehicle testing centres of which DVLA officials regulate, therefore the need for them to understand how the sophisticated machines work.