The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) expressed its sincere apologies to the public for certain utterances made by its Western Regional Manager on the issuance of licence to Rastafarians.
The Western Regional Manager in a radio interview, made some claims that, his outfit does not issue driver’s licence to every Rastafarian because some of them “abuse drugs’’.
Addressing section of the media in Accra, the Chief Executive, of the Authority, Mr. Kwasi Agyeman Busia, described the statement as unfortunate, regrettable and unprofessional. He therefore apologized to the group.
He said,” On behalf of the Authority, I am here to retract the statement he made; It’s an error; because the Authority does not see religion as a criteria for the issuance of driver’s licence. He added that, we are a government institution and we provide service regardless of colour, creed, nationality, height, sexual preference, none of that is relevant to the process.”
The Chief Executive used the opportunity to appeal to the regional and district officers not to sidestep the laws to do things differently.
Touching on the requirements of obtaining driver’s licence, the Deputy Director, Driver Training, Testing and Licensing (DTTL), Mr. Kafui Semevo said, in reference to Section - 57 of the Road Traffic Regulation - Requirements as to physical fitness (Act, 683), an applicant for driver’s licence is under obligation to inform the Authority of any disease or disability he or she has.
He added that, where it appears on the applicant’s declaration form or on inquiry that the applicant is suffering from any disease or disability, the application may be withheld for further clarification.
On conditions for granting driver’s licence, he added that, Regulation 28 of L.I.2180, makes provision for the applicant to undergo a medical examination prescribed by the Authority, a theory and practical driving test, in-traffic test and any other test prescribed by the Authority.
On Regulation 29 of L.I 2180 which provides for the eye to be tested indicates that the applicant should pass a vision test in both eyes with a minimum binocular vision of 6/12 or 20/40.
The Deputy Director, DTTL also touched on Regulation 37 which states that a persons can be disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence if that persons is under the age 18 or under 25 years for commercial vehicle and agriculture tractor drivers.
He noted that where the licence has been issued, it can be revoked as provided in Regulation 36 of L.I. 2180.
It states that, the Authority may endorse, suspend, revoke or cancel a licence granted to a person if the conduct of the person on the road makes him/her unfit to use the road and inform the person of same.