Written by Sarah NEGEDU

53 percent vehicles in FCT fail roadworthiness test

More than 53percent of vehicles inspected for road worthiness test in 2019 were said to have failed the test due to series of defects occasioned by bad road networks among other factors.

According to the FCT Transportation Secretariat, a total of 55,545 vehicles out of 103,919 vehicles in Abuja inspected for roadworthiness inspected failed the test in 2019.

An inspection report from the secretariat shows that only 48,274 vehicles passed the road worthiness test, which represents 46.45 percent of the total value.

The Acting Secretary of Transportation Secretariat, Mrs. Alice Odey-Achu, told newsmen in Abuja that inspecting officers has established that the number of vehicles that failed the road worthiness were fairly used vehicles that came into the country with multiple defects.

“The number of vehicles that failed the test is higher due to the following reasons; most imported fairly used vehicles ‘ tokumbo ‘ have one or more defects that are detected during the computerised inspections which ordinarily cannot be detected during physical inspection .

“Poor vehicle maintenance culture of most drivers and bad roads network in the suburbs also contributed to some vehicle components becoming defective “, she stressed.

Odey-Achu further revealed that the transportation secretariat generated over N3.4 billion from vehicle licensing, change of ownership and other sundry fees from various defaulters in 2019. This represents 22.46 per cent increment in its profile compared to 2018.

FCT Administration through its Transportation Secretariat raked in over N3.4 billion from vehicle licensing, vehicle particulars renewal, Change of Ownership, and other sundry fees and fines from various defaulters within the period.

This, according to her the FCTA represents 22.46 percent increment in its revenue profile compared to 2018 from the sector.

“The revenue generated between 1st January 2019 to 31st December, 2019 is put at N3,417,240,921.67 (Three Billion, four hundred and seventeen million, two hundred and forty thousand, nine hundred and twenty-one naira and sixty-seven kobo) only,” she said. She noted that the Secretariat was working towards raising its revenue generation profile in 2020.



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