A team comprising the Ministry of Transport, Driver Vehicle and Licencing Authority (DVLA) and the Inter-Ministerial Committee of Illegal Mining (IMCIM) will begin a tour to mining companies across the country before end of the month to monitor all earth-moving equipment (excavators, bulldozers) for licencing and registration, Transport Minister Kweku Ofori Asiamah has said.
The move, he stated, is in line with section 39 of the Road Traffic Act, 2004, Act 683, which stipulates that a person who uses or keeps a motor vehicle or trailer, not being an exempt motor vehicle, on a road when particulars of the motor vehicle or trailer have not been entered in the register maintained by the licencing authority commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding 250 penalty units or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 12 months, or to both.
Speaking to the press at a capacity workshop for journalists to sensitise them on activities of the DVLA and National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) at Elmina, the minister maintained that government has realised that most of the excavators/bulldozers are prevalent and used at mining areas, so it has partnered the Local Government Ministry through the Assemblies to undertake the exercise of touring those mining companies.
“We have partnered the Local Government Ministry through the Assemblies and DVLA to undertake this exercise. We will be visiting the big mining companies across the country (Newmont, Goldfields Damang).
“We will go and take inventory and assess the unregistered ones; those which are not registered, we will register them,” he said.
He also explained that before end of the month, the ministry through its allied agencies will send a taskforce team to tour the various sites to ensure compliance.
To this end, it has given a 31st March deadline to owners of earth-moving equipment (excavators, bulldozers), as well as those who hire such equipment, to license and register them with the Driver Vehicle and Licencing Authority (DVLA) by end of March.
Furthermore, the whole idea of getting the mining companies to register this equipment is also to stem the tide of galamsey, and also ensure that in the event of an accident these machines are properly registered for victims to access valid insurance claims, the minister noted.