Governs Kwame Agbodza, the Ranking Member on the Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament, has called on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to intensify efforts in educating the public about its decision to implement changes to the current driver's license.
The DVLA recently announced its intention to phase out all old driver's license cards issued prior to September 2017, replacing them with smart driver's license cards. This initiative, effective immediately, will continue until March 31, 2024. After this deadline, all old card driver's licenses will no longer be valid.
Mr. Agbodza, who has raised concerns regarding this decision, emphasized the importance of the DVLA informing the public adequately about the changes to the driver's license.
“If you fundamentally want to change driving licenses, I feel that even before you go out talking about this, you do it the other way round. Carry the public along in terms of consultation and involve interest groups such as drivers, transporters, and everyone in discussions about how the law will work. Additionally, embark on public education so that by the time you issue the letter and set a deadline for the change, the average driver is well-informed,” Mr. Agbodza stated.
Reporting by Philip Nii Lartey. Editing by Mariam Aminu.