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We’ll be rendered jobless-garage operators on custom amendment bills

Some car dealers have expressed frustration over the full passage of the custom amendment bill 2020, which is to ban the importation of vehicles older than 10 years as well as salvage vehicles.

The amendment is to provide incentives to automobile Manufacturers and assemblers registered under Ghana Manufacture developing program.

The disgruntled car dealers are seeking for a reconsideration of the bill.

A visit to some garages in the Greater Accra region discloses to Adoanewsonline that, most Car dealers are disgruntled over government’s decision to amend aspects of the Customs(Amendment) Act, 2020, which bans the importation of second-hand cars of more than ten years old, as well as salvage cars locally referred to as accident cars.

King Badu of Andy Bas Motors expressed concerns over the total ban of salvage cars locally known as accident cars.

He expressed dissatisfaction over the number of business on the verge of collapse if the bill is fully passed.

He pleaded with the government to withdraw the amendment bill.

Mr. King BADU argued that government should redefine what it meant by salvage cars; is it totally or partially damaged vehicles.

George Boat motors explained to Adoa News that his only source of funding is dealing in the sale of cars and pleaded with the government to rescind its decision to proceed with the amendment which will render most people jobless.

Madam comfort Bequo who spoke to the news team expressed frustration over the number of youth to loose their job should the bill takes effect.

Although the data says otherwise, Majority Leader in March said these imported vehicles “are the reasons why we have so many accidents on our roads.”

Data from the National Road Safety Authority indicates that in 2018, inattention by drivers led to 41.8 percent of deaths on the country’s roads whilst speeding led to 26.8 percent of deaths recorded.

The amendment is to provide incentives to automotive Manufacturers and assemblers registered under Ghana Manufacture developing program.

by Isaac Otoo.

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