The Senate has refused to endorse the proposal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to charge new rates for the driver’s licence and number plates for vehicles. Through its Committee on Federal Character and Inter Governmental Affairs headed by Senator Awesu Kuta, the Senate has ordered FRSC to revert to the old rates
for number plate for motorcycles and driver’s licence of N1,500 and N750 respectively.
The panel also recommended N8,400 for standard motor vehicle number plate to the end-user as opposed to N15,000 and driver’s licence, N4,000 instead of N6,000 fixed by FRSC.
It said: “The FRSC should call for replacement of the driver’s licence only at the point of renewal at expiration to avoid double payment.’’ The panel added: “The ultimatum of August 2010 to August 2012 for the renewal of vehicle licences and
number plates is no more realistic in view of the hitherto exorbitant cost of producing this plate and this Senate’s intervention.’’ The panel therefore recommended an extension of six months (August 2012 to February 2013).
The panel equally noted an overlap in the functions of the Police, FRSC and Vehicle Inspection Office
(VIO) and directed the Federal Capital Territory VIO to stop forthwith the e-coding scheme and collection of N2,000 per vehicle.