January 22, 2018

A Deputy Minister for Transport, Daniel NiiTei Titus Glover has urged Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the country to embrace the ICT reality in order to enable them meet up with the technological challenge posed by Uber in their business activities.

His call came in the wake of protests by transport operators especially taxi drivers that Uber was taking them out of business.

The Deputy Minister denied claims that the Ministry has directed online portal based transport company, to spray/brand its cars for easy identification.

The Tema East Member of Parliament said Uber was only asked to liaise with all relevant stakeholder agencies including the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to enable it formalise its operations especially with regards to the payment of taxes.

He hinted that government will consider engaging with stakeholders to draft policy guidelines to the various District Assemblies to regulate the taxi subsector of the transport sector of the economy.

The Minister who was speaking on Accra based Citi fm, breakfast show denied knowledge of any memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Uber and the Ministry of Transport.

By Christian Kpesese/ ghanamps.com.