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Published On: Thu, Jan 1st, 2015

Motorists urged to make vehicles roadworthy

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By Stanley Onyekwere

Motorists in Abuja, the nation’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been to ensure that their vehicles were always roadworthy, before putting them on the road.

According to the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, who made the point on Tuesday, after inspecting the VIO Computerized Vehicle Roadworthiness Inspection Centre, at Kubwa, Abuja, roadworthiness is compulsory for both private and commercial vehicles in the FCT and the country at large.

“It is the duty of motorists to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy before putting them on the road.

“Roadworthiness is compulsory for both private and commercial vehicles. It should be checked every six months for commercial vehicles and one year for private vehicles.

“It is part of our vision to have a good road safety administration in the country, and vehicle inspection is part of the statutory responsibility of the states under the road tax law,” Oyeyemi said.

He therefore commended the FCT Administration for equipping and putting the facility in place, and urged transport administrators in the 36 states to emulate the innovation.

Earlier in his remarks, Director, FCT Directorate of Road Transport Secretariat (DRTS), otherwise known asVehicle Inspection Office, (VIO), Abdullahi Garba, explained that the centre was well equipped with modern facilities for optimum performance.

“This facility has the capacity to inspect roadworthiness of 250 vehicles in a day.

“We are calling on motorists in the FCT to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy as we will start enforcing compliance from Jan.5, 2015.

“This is in the interest of the motorists and the occupants as the facility will save more lives and reduce road crashes”, Garba said.

Similarly, the FCT Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mrs. Susan Ajenge, said the establishment of the centre would make it easier and faster to ascertain roadworthiness of vehicles in the territory.

She therefore urged motorists to ensure that their vehicles were roadworthy at all times for their own safety and that of other road users

It would be recalled that the centre, first of its kind in the country was officially opened on the September 1. (NAN)

 

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