Some drivers in Accra have lauded the Driver and Vehicular Licensing Authority’s (DVLA) decision to introduce a system that allows for oral examinations to be conducted in the local language.
The move, according to the Public Relations Officer at DVLA, Francis Tuffuor, is to allow citizens who cannot write and read to obtain professional driving licenses with ease.
Some drivers who spoke to Citi News expressed their excitement about the new development, saying this will ease the stress involved in acquiring a license.
One driver said: “I have not gone for a license yet, though I am currently learning how to drive. Getting a license these days is very expensive especially dealing with the ‘goro boys’. Some of them after charging such high amounts will give you a fake license or just entirely frustrate you, but if the test will be conducted in our local dialect, I can just walk straight to the DVLA office and acquire my license.”
Another said: “If the tests are taken in own local languages it will be very helpful for us. I have a license, but someone sat in for the exams for me, as I cannot read or write.”
“I have a license, but I have an apprentice, who is yet to acquire his. With this new introduction, I could just take him to the DVLA office and have him take the test in Twi with ease,” another said.
This move is also expected to also flush out middlemen popularly known as goro boys who sometimes issue fake licenses at various DVLA centres.