The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA), Frank Davies has cautioned staff of the DVLA who engaged in negative acts to immediately desist from it.
That, he said would enable the public to continue to have confident in the activities of the Authority.
He said such negative acts tend to dent the reputation and good name of the Authority.
Mr Davies gave the caution in an address read on his behalf by a member of the board, Francis Yao Agbozo at this year’s mid-year review conference of the DVLA at Koforidua.
The event with the theme; “Consolidating Our Gains and Building on Efficient Technology-led service Culture at DVLA beyond COVID-19 was attended by staff of the Authority drawn from various parts of the country.
It was to take stock of the previous years activities and plan ahead for the future.
According to Mr Davies, recent media report that placed the DVLA on the fifth position in terms of corruption in the country was worrying.
He however, asked the staff not to be downhearted about such negative report but continue to be positive and well poised in the good they were doing.
To help address some challenges such as security facing DVLA, Mr Davies said the board had requested for the provision of armed police personnel at its office at Weija in Accra and others due to the precarious and the vast areas which they operated.
Mr Davies pointed out that the Weija Office would create a conducive environment for both the staff and clients as well as serving as a serene and an enabling environment for customers to relax as services were being provided for them without stress.
That, he said was due to the fact that the Authority’s clients were the bedrock of its operations and therefore deserved the best of services.
With regards to technology in the Authority’s operations especially digitisation, Mr Davies stated that the Authority would not build not only on its gains but rather continue to explore new ideas leveraged on its operations to put it on a higher pedestal.
The Deputy Minister of Transport, Frederick Adom Obeng who represented the sector Minister, Kweku Ofori Asiamah said the Ministry was committed to improving the governance and regulatory framework for the effective execution of DVLA mandate in the application of its limited resources available to the Authority.
That, Mr Obeng indicated was a positive development that must be emulated by other public institutions in the country.
On the issue of Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 L.I. 2180, the Deputy Minister stated that some provisions needed to be revised as well as other provisions that were yet to be put into effect including those related to the installation of speed limits, tachograph and issuance of commercial vehicle driving licence among others.
Mr Obeng called on the management and the board of DVLA to step up its collaboration with relevant stakeholders to ensure that the regulations were implemented to the latter.
He told the officers that the DVLA operations were so critical to the promotion of road safety in the industry, adding that it was important that the Authority strengthened its collaborations with the National Road Safety Authority, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Police Service and all other stakeholders who operated within the road sector.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the DVLA, Kwasi Agyeman Busia told them that an institution such as the DVLA described by people as the most corrupt one turned to be the best administrative and policy reforms in three years down the line.
He urged the staff of DVLA not to be too worried about the corruption issue but remained committed, focused and determined to continue to perform creditably.