Passengers to check vehicle insurance on phone from 2020

Passengers will soon be able to check on their phones if the trotro or bus they are about to board has been properly insured, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has disclosed.
If all goes according to plan, the database of the National Insurance Commission (NIC) and the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority (DVLA) will soon be integrated and go live in January 2020 to complete another plank of the digitisation agenda of the Akufo-Addo administration.
This forms part of efforts to make accessing government services easier and corruption-free.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia
Speaking at a special National Insurance Commission cocktail reception which brought together key players in the insurance sector, the Vice President noted that the insurance industry has very important roles to play in the digitization programmes of government.
He added that since insurance is interwoven with the entire architecture of the economy, it is heart-warming to know that the industry is digitizing its operations.
“After meetings with the DVLA and the National Insurance Commission about creating better synergies between them, it is expected that the Motor Insurance Database will be connected to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) system in January 2020 so that before a vehicle is issued with a road worthiness certificate, it can be verified whether it has a valid insurance cover from a licensed insurance company.
“The Motor database will also make it possible for the travelling public to verify the authenticity of the insurance policies of commercial vehicles before they board such vehicles.
“All you have to do is to enter the number of the car on your phone, even if it is a ‘yam’ phone, and you can tell if the trotro or bus you are about to board is properly insured or not,” he stressed.
The Vice President said the public will know whether “you are safe sitting in that car. This certainly brings better awareness and protection for the ordinary Ghanaian.”
The database will also help to stop the leakages from the insurance revenues through fake motor insurance stickers.
Already, after the digitisation of the DVLA, the incidence of ‘Goro boys’ has been curtailed.
Same thing has happened at the passport office.
The digitisation agenda, which is designed to make accessing government services easier, is on course.
Vice President Bawumia noted that even though digitization brings significant advantages and opportunities, it also creates vulnerabilities which could be critical and therefore need to be carefully managed.
Government, he added, is therefore, taking several steps to protect the nation’s information infrastructure as part of the digitization programme.
BY 24NEWS.NEWS/GHANA

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