Regional News Thu, 1 May 2014

Register, brand your motorbikes - Courier operators advised

The Executive Secretary of the Postal and Courier Services Regulatory Commission (PCSRC), Mr Isaac Annan Riverson, has advised licenced courier and postal operators to ensure that their delivery motorbikes are legally registered and visibly branded to prevent the police from accosting them.

While applauding the efforts of the police at ensuring law and order during the recent exercise to impound unregistered motorbikes, Mr Riverson announced that a few motorbikes owned by some legally registered postal and courier operators had been caught up in the exercise.

He gave the advice at a forum to launch the Postal and Courier Services Regulations (LI 2205) designed to strengthen the PCSRC in the discharge of its functions as spelt out in Act 649.

Held on the theme: “Towards efficient postal and courier regulations in Ghana: The Postal and Courier Services Regulations”, the forum attracted stakeholders within the postal and courier service industry and the Attorney-General’s Department.

Collaboration with the police


According to Mr Riverson, the commission was collaborating with the Ghana Police Service and other relevant state institutions to flush out illegal operators to protect the interest of consumers and the public.

“We have been receiving reports that some unlicenced persons and organisations have been engaging in postal and courier services, to the disadvantage of the consuming public,” he said.

Need for regulation

Touching on the need for the introduction of regulations, Mr Riverson noted that they were meant to protect the interest of the public and added that “the policy imperative for regulations in our postal sector, just as exists elsewhere, is driven by the consuming public”.

Efficient service delivery


In a speech read on his behalf, the Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, said both the enabling act establishing the PCSRC (Act 649) and the National Postal Sector Policy were crafted towards facilitating the provision of efficient and reliable postal and courier services in Ghana.

He said the PCSRC would be expected to enforce the regulations, while the service providers provided quality services for customers to ensure fairness within the industry.

He announced that the government was assisting the commission to recruit six additional technical members of staff to help it conduct routine monitoring exercises among industry players.

The liberalisation of the postal/courier sector, according to Dr Boamah, had seen the entry of about 67 private operators into the industry. He added, “This has increased the business growth within the private sector, as well as the revenue sources of the commission.”

Source: Graphic.com.gh