Governor canvasses task force against fake vehicle number plates
GOVERNOR Theodore Orji of Abia has called for a task force to check production and selling of fake vehicle number plates , stressing that the illegal practice has denied his state needed revenue.
The governor who spoke when the Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission, ( FRSC) Mr. Boboyemi Oyeyemi visited him at Government House Umuahia , commended the sustained efforts of the FRSC in the state in reducing vehicular accidents , pledging his government’s sustained support to the Commission.
Saying also that his administration has commenced expanding internal roads in the state to accommodate more vehicles and lessen traffic congestion and road accidents, the governor tasked the Commission to collaborate with his government to enable it reap due revenue from Vehicle Number Plate, Registration and License renewals.
Earlier, the Corps Marshal Oyeyemi had told Orji of the FRSC’s offer to train Abia traffic officers at the agency’s training school at Udi in Enugu State.
In a chat with journalists , Oyeyemi who said his Commission fully complies with the court ruling that there would be no deadline for change to new vehicle number plates , however urged vehicle owners to effect the change to the new plates when they go to renew their driver’s licenses and expired vehicle documents.
His words:” We will continue to abide by the court ruling. It was a case of double taxation to compel motorists to procure the new one when other documents had not expired. There is no deadline at present on new number plate procurement”.
He however warned those that operate with fake number plates or driver’s license saying they risk being prosecuted and vowed that FRSC would not back down on the June 1st , 2015 deadline for the enforcement of the speed limit device .
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