The Police has arrested 28 fake Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority [DVLA] Certificate and Sticker dealers in an operation mounted in Accra and Tema around the Authority’s premises.
Among the 28 are seven females and 21 males, whose ages range from 21 to 31 years.
Items ranging from printers, photocopy machines, trimming machines, computers, DVLA roadworthiness certificates and stickers, mobile phones and other office equipment were retrieved by the Police.
A statement signed by the Director Public Affairs of the Police Service, SP Cephas Arthur, said the suspects who operate from containers, are suspected to be behind the recent proliferation of seeming genuine DVLA roadworthiness stickers in use of late.
“It was observed that, lately many of the vehicle whose roadworthiness certificate are due for renewal do not go to the designated outlets to renew them, yet they are spotted operating with the said document. Investigations revealed that these stickers are procured from other sources apart from the approved ones,” the statement said.
According to the statement, preliminary investigation points to the fact that, those illegal DVLA roadworthiness certificate dealers seem to have laid hands on the soft copy of the Authority’s sticker and are using it to print the fake ones, making them look true-to-type.
It said the suspects have been cautioned and granted bail, pending further investigation, and necessary action.
“It must be noted that the activities of these criminals are causing the State to lose revenue, and also resulting in fatalities of our roads as some defective vehicles are unduly cleared,” the statement said.
The Police therefore advised the public, especially motorists, to visit the DVLA Private Test Garages for the testing of their vehicles and certification.