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FRSC dismisses order on new number plates

28 March 2014, 14:55Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said it would appeal a Federal High Court judgment barring it from issuing new number plates.

Justice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Lagos, while delivering judgment in the suit filed by a lawyer, Emmanuel Ofoegbu, against the FRSC, held that the corps had no right to impose new number plates on motorists without an existing law to that effect.

The Corps has however faulted the judgment of the court saying that the FRSC Enabling Act empowered it to design and produce the new number plates.

Corps Public Education Officer, Jonas Agwu, said the FRSC would thus pursue the matter to its conclusive end.

“The corps will appeal the court’s verdict on the FRSC powers to set deadline for a change over to the new number plate,” he said.

“The Federal Road Safety Corps wishes to affirm that the court judgment did not vacate its statutory powers to design and produce the new number plate but stated that the Corps lacks statutory authority to fix deadline for the enforcement of the number plate.”

He said the FRSC did not set any deadline for new number plate but rather it was under the purview of the states through the Joint Tax Board to fix a deadline for enforcement of the vehicle plates.

He explained that the presiding judge ruled that the FRSC had powers to design and produce the number plate as a national policy.

Agwu said that the same judge had in another verdict, in a suit instituted by Brent Williams Limited against the FRSC, ruled that the corps had statutory powers to determine the categories of number plates to be used by vehicles.

– CAJ News

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