15th September, 2011
Mr. Osita Chidoka, Chief Executive Officer and Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has announced the introduction of a new driverâ€™s licence and plate number for road users in the country.
Announcing this at a seminar organised at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, Kofo Abayomi, Victoria Island, Lagos, Chidoka said any applicant found to have committed a criminal offence would not be granted licence or plate number.
â€œIn the process of granting the new driverâ€™s licence, any prospective applicant found to have committed a criminal offence would not be granted licence and plate number. Such applicant will be sent to a driving school for learning.
â€œThe new licence will be given to only applicants that are free, that is those that have not gone against the FRSC rules,â€ he stated.
Giving examples of traffic offences, the FRSC boss disclosed that â€œreceiving calls when driving means the fellow has gone against the traffic rules. Speeding excessively, overtaking without caution, car breakdown/stoppage without caution are against the traffic rules and regulations.
â€œAll the above rules will be used against those that want the driverâ€™s licence. Anyone who is unable to abide by the rules will not be given the new driverâ€™s licence and plate number.â€
â€”Dedeigbo Ayodeji & Bolajoko Ayodele