Government through the Ministry of Transport has cautioned owners of earth moving equipment (excavators, bulldozers), as well as those who hire these equipment, to, license and register them with the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA), by end of March.
This was contained in a press statement issued to B&FT indicating that as part of efforts to sanitise and regularize mining operations in the country, the Inter-Ministerial Committee of Illegal Mining (IMCIM) is tracking all earth moving equipment (excavators, bulldozers) for licensing and registration with the authority mandated by law to license and register all motorized vehicles.
The Ministry of Transport, through its agency the DVLA in collaboration with the IMCIM and with the active support of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, have urged owners of earth moving equipment (excavators, bulldozers), as well as those who hire these equipment, to endeavour to license and register them with the DVLA, if they have not done so already.
The affected persons and institutions are advised to take note 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 licensing authority in accordance with section 39 of the Road Traffic Act, 2004,Act 683,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” the statement revealed.
According to the Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, government has realized that most of these 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 these mining companies.
“We have partnered the Local Government through the Assembly 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 told B&FT in an interview during a capacity workshop for journalists under the auspices of DVLA and the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) at Elmina.
He also explained that before the end of the month, the Ministry through its allied agencies will send a team of taskforce to tour the various sites to ensure compliance.
Furthermore, the whole idea of getting the mining companies to register these equipment is also to stem the tide of galamsey and also ensure that in the event of accident, these machines are properly registered for victims to assess valid insurance claims, the Minister noted.