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VIO impounds over 3,500 for traffic offences

By Sarah NEGEDU 

As the year 2021 gradually comes to an end, the Federal Capital Territory Administration says it impounded over 3,508 vehicles  for violating different traffic and city planning rules in the 
No fewer than 3,508 vehicles were said to have been impounded by the FCTA Directorate of Road Transport Services for violating different traffic and city planning rules of the territory. 
According to the Transportation Secretariat, the vehicles were impounded between January and end of November this year for offences ranging from traffic light violation, illegal parking, driving of unpainted taxis, among other offences.
The Mandate Secretary, of the FCT Transportation Secretariat, Hon. Zakari Dobi, while giving a breakdown of the arrest made, said 1,386 traffic offenders were also prosecuted during the period. 
He said, as parts of measures to ensure compliance to the ban on the use of commercial motorcycles within the Federal Capital City and environs, the Ministerial Task Team between January and end of November 2021 impounded at least 1,823 motorcycles, 499 tricycles, 482 unpainted commercial taxis, 315 vehicles for traffic light violation and 389 for illegal parking.
“Between January and December this year, a total of 50,123 vehicles were inspected with 28,517 scaling through while 21,786 failed the tests.
“1,386 traffic offenders were prosecuted during same period, 108 were discharged.
“We recorded 127,704 vehicles registration, 4,866 revalidated vehicles, 690 change of category and 247,876 renewals and other related activities between January and end of November, 2021.”
Dobi in briefing with newsmen, also revealed that the DRTS generated over N3.7 billion revenue for the Administration between January and end of November 2021.
“The revenue generated by DRTS between January and end of November 2021 stood at N3,795,634,120.78. This is an improvement from the N3.502,783.176.08 generated between January to December 2020,” he said.
Speaking further, he said that the Directorate will intensify efforts in 2022 to surpass the achievements recorded in 2021 Regularisation/certification of commercial vehicles/ e-hailing transport services will be inforce in 2022 just as we would commence registration of Dispatch bikes and riders certification.
Also speaking, the Deputy Director Operations DRTS, Dele Yaro, disclosed that the FCT Administration has concluded plans to collate a comprehensive database of all motorcycle, tricycle riders and owners in all the Area Councils in FCT.
He said that this became necessary given the recent security situation in the Territory.
“In 2006, there was a total ban on the operation of motorcycles in FCT, particularly the Federal Capital City, but with the recent happenings, we now have another programme that is called  Public Transport Management, PTM, system FCT. With this system, we are going to have all the details of all the operators of motorcycles, tricycles and motor vehicle operators.”
He said that all the tricycle and motorcycles outside the FCC and all the area council will be duly registered.
“The data of the owner of the vehicle and the rider would be taken. Apart from the data, they will be trained and they be given the rider certification for the purpose of security.
“In case any thing happens, we’ll be able to trace the owner of the motorcycle if the rider is not there.”

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