Senate orders FRSC to stop issuing new number plates and drivers’ license

Senate on Wednesday ordered the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to stop issuing new vehicle number plates and driver’s license.

The order follows the adoption of a motion on new number and driver’s sponsored by Senator Dahiru Kuta of Niger state and 19 others.

The Senators during the consideration of the motion on Wednesday described the new vehicle number plates issued by the commission as illegal noting that act that set up FRSC does not empower it to issue number plates.

“The commission was not established principally as a revenue generating agency for states or Federal Government,” Senator Kuta said while promoting the motion.

He said the new driver’s license which the FRSC launched in 2011 “is now issued for N6, 000 as against the N3, 000 while the new number plates have suddenly jumped from N5, 000 to an astronomical N15, 000,” he added.

Senator Smart Adeyemi from Kogi state said the cost of the new number plates is too exorbitant for motorists and is illegal.

He said that the “FRSC has abandoned its mandate, it was established to ensure safety on highways, but what the FRSC is trying to do now is to render other government agencies redundant.”

The Senate President, David Mark while ruling on the motion said the new number plates by FRSC was an imposition of additional burden on Nigerians.

“Let them not impose additional expenditure on the people and their primary objective was not to generate revenue,” he said.

Similarly, the House of Representatives had in last November asked the FRSC to stop the issuance of new vehicle number plates and driving licence.
The House had directed its Committee on FRSC to investigate the “rationale, necessity and circumstances” for the commission’s decision to replace the existing number plates and driving licence.

The FRSC had set a deadline of August 2012 for Nigerian drivers to obtain the new driving license and number plates which were last year commissioned by President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to the FRSC the upgraded license and plate numbers are interlinked and will be connected to each driver, in order to help the FRSC track all road offences and monitor the driving behaviour of all vehicle owners.

More road accidents on Valentine’s day: FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps on Monday said about 27 per cent of road crashes recorded across the country between 2008 and 2011 occurred during Valentine’s Day celebrations in the month of February.

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The Corps Education Officer, Nsebong Akpabio said in statement that there was an increase in crashes during Valentine’s day by 27 per cent “even as the Corps is projecting a corresponding increase of 1,300 injured persons from this year’s Valentine celebration-related road crashes, in comparison with 1,024 and 661 injured persons recorded in 2010 and 2011 respectively while total cases of road crashes are projected to trend up to 500 this year in view of last year’s figure of 316 reported cases.”

Mr Akpabio said that a comprehensive analysis of road crashes from 12th to18th February, in the last four years “show that 2008 had 86 deaths and 551 injured persons in 268 reported cases of road crashes while 2009 recorded 99 deaths and 428 injured persons in 187 road crashes.”

Similarly, 70 persons were killed with 661 others injured in 227 road crashes in 2010 while last year’s figures stood at 172 deaths and 1,024 injured persons in 316 road crashes.

The Corps then appeal to fun seekers to ensure strict compliance with traffic rules and regulations in order to avoid road crashes.