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Published On: Fri, Apr 27th, 2018

Excessive charges on drivers’ licence under probe

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By Christiana Ekpa and Umar Muhammad Puma

The House of Representatives on Thursday, mandated its Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission to investigate the high cost of delayed and lack of due process in the issuance of drivers’ licence in Nigeria.
This followed a motion by Rep. John Oghuma (Edo-APC) on the “need to address the Excessive charges for Driver’s license by Federal Road safety Commission.
Moving the motion, Oghuma noted the increasing number of drivers on Nigerian roads and the need to certify them as being fit to the road through acquired drivers licenses.
He said that the approved rate by the joint Task Force for driver’s was N6,350 for a two (2) years license and N10,000 for a five (5) years licence.
He added that on the contrary Nigerian were charged N18,000 for a two years licence and N25,000 for five (5) years license.
He further expressed that the process of acquiring drivers’ license was becoming too cumbersome, which took about 90 to 180 days to process.
He added that in case of the first timer, driver’s license were issued in most cases without undergoing the mandatory tests.
Oghuma further expressed concern that due to the excessive charges and delay in the release of drivers’ licenses, prospective drivers resulted to self -help by driving without due documents.
The lawmaker emphasised that in some cases forging the licence which may at the long run exposed road users to unqualified drivers and loss of revenue to Government.
Oghuma called on the House to ensure that drivers’ license were processed at the official rates and within the shortest period of times, while ensuring that proper training and tests were carried out for first time applicants.
Contributing to the motion, Rep. Garba Datti(Kaduna-APC), said that the Commission was extorting Nigerians and stressed that the issue be looked into.
The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.
The House therefore, mandated its committee investigating the matter to report back within eight weeks for further legislative action.
Meanwhile, Oghuma in an interview with Journalists at end of plenary, said that Nigerians who were qualified to drive did not need to go through the bottle-neck to obtain drivers’ license even at an exuberant amount.
According to the Lawmaker, in advanced country like the United States of America, there are data bank with details of qualified drivers and their offences written against their names.
This according to him will guide the authorities when renewing driver’s license and by this process offences are checked and penalised.

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