Motocycle and tricycle riders without number plates will face the wrath of the law from August 1st, says Federal Road Safety Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi.
In a statement on Thursday, Oyeyemi says their action is to tackle the issue of traffic and criminal offences commiited with vehicles without plate numbers.
The FRSC Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said “this is a necessary step in ensuring the security of lives and properties of the citizens, by controlling and reducing the rate of crime”.
He said motorcycles and tricycles without number plates are not captured in the national vehicle database. Hence, in the event of a crash or crime, cannot be traced.
According to him, “the National Road Traffic Regulations (NRTR) 2012 was made pursuant to section 5(e) of the FRSC (Establishment) Act, 2007 and specifies the type of Identification Number Plates for all categories of vehicles including motorcycles, tricycles and omnibus”.
He also said Regulation 8(1a and 1b) stipulate that vehicles may be registered as either motorcycles or tricycles.
“Regulations 39(9) of the NRTR 2012 provides that “All private and commercial vehicles shall as from the commencement of these regulations have on them Vehicle Identification Number Plates referred to in this regulation, and it shall be an offence for any vehicle not to have the said Identification Number Plates. Vehicles in this context include motorcycles and tricycles,” he said.
He also advised riders to register their motorcycles and tricycles, and urged the public to stop patronising motorcycles and tricycles without number plates.