Samuel Kwasi Sackey is vice president of ECL, which provides vehicle testing services for Ghana’s government-mandated inspection program that was established in 2014.
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Constructed by BM Autoteknik A/S of Denmark, “ECL is one of the most technologically advanced state-of-the-art vehicle testing and inspection facilities in Ghana,” he reports.
“We are the industry leaders and promoters of vehicular safety and road-worthiness in Africa,” says Sackey, providing additional details in response to questions posed by Aftermarket Business World:
Q: What does Ghana’s vehicle testing program entail?
A: The vehicle testing and inspection program in Ghana is handled by a section of government called the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA). The authority is responsible for, among other things, overseeing and authorizing vehicle testing and private testing stations. There are currently 11 Private Vehicle Testing Stations (PVTS) in Ghana, with six private testing stations located in the capital Accra, one in the Eastern region of Ghana and the rest across Ghana.
Q: Are vehicle tests mandated by the government?
A: Vehicle testing is mandatory under the laws of Ghana for regular inspection.
Q: How often are the tests required?
A: Vehicles are categorized as commercial or private. Commercial vehicles are to come for a roadworthy inspection after every six months, making it twice a year. Private vehicles are to be inspected once a year.
Q: What happens if a vehicle fails the test?
A: When a vehicle fails a test a report is given to that effect and it is required that the vehicle with the defect is to be fixed and then come back for a retest within 14 working days, in which the retest would be done at no cost. After 14 working days if the vehicle does not return for a retest the vehicle owner would have to pay the whole amount again for inspection.