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Road agency to enforce new drivers’ licence

23 July 2014, 19:26

Lagos - The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Tuesday said it would begin enforcement of the new drivers’ licence and number plate on August 1.

The Lagos State Sector Commander, Chidi Nkwonta, said that the decision followed the new court judgment.

"This new judgment made it very clear that as from August 1, FRSC should impound.

"So, Nigerians must discountenance that first misleading judgment and take this one because we are going to continue enforcement as from August 1, 2014.

"We never asked anybody to stop (processing licences). Anybody who stopped ab initio stopped at his own peril.

"Neither did the court ask anybody to stop, that judgment never said anybody should stop".

Justice Peter Umeadi of a Federal High Court in Anambra on June 30, had ruled in a suit filed by Ajefo Ekwo challenging FRSC’s powers to enforce new drivers’ licence and number plate.

Umeadi said that the respondent’s directive to change old drivers’ licence and number plates to new was legal, valid, subsisting and in conformity with the FRSC’s 2007 Act and the National Road Traffic Regulations of 2012.

Nkwonta, however, said that the recent judgment had put aside the earlier judgment of the Lagos High Court ruling that the corps had no authority to produce and fix deadline for the documents.


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