Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
Out of the total number of vehicles inspected at the Abuja Computerised Vehicles Centres between January and 6th April, 2018, about 45 per cent passed the test indicating that 55 per cent of vehicles on FCT roads are not road worthy, according official report.
This was contained in a brief summary of operational activities of the FCT Road Traffic Services for the stated period.
Making the report public yesterday, the Secretary, Transportation Secretariat, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, who decried the development, said there is reinvigorated effort at ensuring that vehicles plying the FCT roads are road worthy.
Opeifa revealed that Transportation Secretariat has therefore directed the commencement of ‘Operation Crocodile’ to rid Abuja streets of ‘unroad’ worthy vehicles.
According to him, all motorists who have not availed their vehicles for inspection at the Testing Centres are enjoined to do so as the Officers of the FCT Road Traffic Services will be out in the streets to strictly enforce compliance.
Our correspondent reports that the Secretariat also released Motor vehicles and Drivers License Administration statistics for the FCT for the first quarter of 2018.
Also within the period under review, 3,085 vehicles, 260 motor cycles, 406 tricycles,281 unpainted taxis, were impounded for various traffic offences as against 2,885 vehicles, 183 motor cycles, 350 tricycles and 271 unpainted taxis for the same period in 2017.
“A total of 13,757 new vehicles were registered while 48,083 vehicle licenses were renewed. A total of355 vehicles (abandoned, accident, burnt) were evacuated during rescue operations.
“A total of 18,067 drivers’ licences were processed between January and March, 2018 as against 16,668 Processed in the same period in 2017,” a press statement by Assistant Director, Information,Transportation Secretariat, Mr Ifeanyi Ughamadu quoted the report.