The Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) last Monday started a clamp down on motorcycles and tricycles operating without number plates and their drivers operating without the class “A” driver’s license.
The move is in ursuant to the need to curb the growing rate of crimes and crashes associated with motorcycles and tricycles and the quest to improve upon the existing National Drivers and Vehicles Database.
Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi said the clampdown order on riders of motorcycles and tricycles without class A rider licence is in tandem with the provisions of Section 10 Sub Section 4(h) and (i)of the FRSC (Establishment) Act, 2007.
In order to ensure an easy process of acquisition of the number plates and the Class “A” Drivers license, the Corps Marshal has notified Motor Licensing Authorities (MLAs) across the country to make the processes less cumbersome for applicants so that motorcycle and tricycle operators can have a smooth and hitch free process of acquisition of the Uniform Licensing Scheme Products.
According to him, applicants who desire to acquire fresh class “A” License must first present themselves for driving test at the Vehicle Inspection Office before advancing to the capturing unit for continuation of the process.
On the reason for the clamp down on August 1, 2019, Bisi Kazeem, the FRSC spokesman said the Corps is not ready to take excuses any more as far as Class ‘A’ License and number plate registration are concerned.
Accordingly, “All tricycle and motorcycle operators must be licensed before they could be allowed to operate so as to enhance established processes for fishing out untrained and unqualified drivers on the roads.
He said that the growing reports of crimes associated with motorcycles and tricycles has made the clampdown imperative so that the successes already recorded by the Corps through the proactive deployment of the National Vehicle Identification Scheme, especially in the area of national security Intelligence would not be undermined.
It will be recalled that the Corps Marshal had earlier issued an express directive to FRSC offices nationwide to engage the relevant stakeholders and associations on the proposed clampdown.
Corps Public Education Officers across the commands have equally been directed to carry out rigorous and extensive advocacies to sensitize the riders on the need to register their motorcycles and tricycles.
FRSC added that, the general public is by this information advised to desist from patronizing motorcycles and tricycles without number plates as they stand the risk of being exposed to safety and security hazards associated with criminals using the services to perpetrate their nefarious acts. In case of crashes, obstructions and other forms of road emergencies, motorists are advised to call the FRSC Toll – free number 122.