By Ejike Ejike, Abuja
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said it recovered 75 stolen vehicles so far in 2017 with the help of its National Vehicle Identification Scheme (NVIS).
According to Bisi Kazeem, Corps Public Education Officer, FRSC in a press release, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi said the launch of the National Uniform Licensing Scheme in 1990 by Nigeria was in line with the global efforts at proper identification of drivers and vehicles through integrated vehicle identification system that involves personalization of the number plates for easy retrieval of information whenever the need arises.
The Corps Marshal harped on the need for robust data at the number plate centres through timely upload of information on the licensed vehicles, stressing that with the growing use of vehicles for criminal and violent activities, the need for sustained improvement on the licensing system to make the identification of the perpetrators easier cannot be overemphasized.
He called on all stakeholders to join hands with the FRSC to ensure greater efficiency in the motor licensing system of the country.
Oyeyemi expressed displeasure at the practice of some officials of the licensing offices who fail to do timely upload of the number plates issued to vehicles, saying such delay could negatively affect the ability of security agencies to trace a suspected vehicle to its real owner.
He said, under the new licensing system, number plates registered in the name of a particular vehicle owner remains personal to the person and would be removed whenever the vehicle is sold to a new buyer who would be made to follow the procedure to register the vehicle.
He commended the state Boards of Internal Revenue for their support and commitment to improving the efficiency of the licensing system of the country and called for sustained commitment for safety and security of Nigerians.