Abuja - The Lagos State Government said on Sunday that private vehicles were exempted from obtaining its compulsory number plates before plying the state roads.
The state Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa, said this in a statement in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state Chief Vehicle Inspection Officer, Mr Abdulhafiz Toriola, had on Oct. 4, announced that private and commercial vehicles in the state would be mandated to use the state's number plates.
“Number-plates are unified all over the federation. Government never made any pronouncement that vehicles with other states’ number plates had been banned from plying Lagos roads.
“Only vehicles operating as commercial public transport will have to obtain the state’s number plates before being allowed to operate in and on Lagos roads.
“This is necessary to enable the government to have adequate information about such vehicles,” Opeifa stated.
The commissioner explained that the step would also ensure the safety and security of residents.
According to him, Regulation 41 sub section 1 of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law stipulates that “No person shall operate or cause to be operated a commercial vehicle without having obtained a commercial vehicle operator licence from the Lagos State Government.”
He said that every licence issued for a commercial vehicle would bear a distinct number which would be painted conspicuously on the front and rear of the vehicle.
The commissioner said that any commercial vehicle operating within Lagos State must obtain a permit from the state government and the owner must register it with the Lagos State Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA).
The commissioner also urged motorists to always ensure the safety of other road users.