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Class ‘A’ Drivers Licence Is Compulsory For Cyclists, Easy To Get — Kumapayi



The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps in Anambra State, Commander Andrew Kumapayi has said that henceforth, every motorcycle and tricycle operator in the state must have his vehicle duly registered, and also compulsorily have a Class ‘A’ Drivers Licence, and his Vehicle Number Plate, maintaining that it is an offence for any motorcyclist or tricyclist not to have these.

Corps Commander Kumapayi disclosed this in an interview with National Light during a visit to the Anambra Newspapers And Printing Corporation (ANPC) which held at the corporation’s headquarters, Awka, the Anambra State Capital.

He said the enforcement of the policy will help to boost the internally generated revenue of the government, through the registration exercise and fining of defaulters; and also help the Road Safety have a comprehensive database of all Motorcycle and Tricycle operators in each state and the entire federation, as well as enhance security of life and property.

According to him, the enforcement and apprehension of the defaulters started on the 2nd October, having earlier given the cyclists ample time to do so, the deadline of which elapsed on 1st October, maintaining that in just less than three weeks of the implementation, the Command has impounded over 100 motorcycles and tricycles belonging to defaulters in different parts of the state.
“This enforcement is a continuous exercise, and we are doing it in collaboration with sister agencies like the Anambra Traffic Management Agency (ATMA), the Civil Defense, the Nigerian Police Force.”

Explaining further, the FRSC Boss said the procedure for obtaining the Class ‘A’ Drivers License and Vehicle Number Plate is such an easy one that involves no rigourous or ambiguous processes, and which does not also necessarily require the cyclist to attend or pass through a driving school before he can acquire such.

In his word, “The procedure for obtaining these is so simple and does not involve any ambiguous or rigourous process, as the motorcycle or tricycle operators do not requisitely need to go to a driving school, before they can obtain it.
“All they simply need is certification from the state’s Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO), to certify that they are fit to ride, and then they proceed to the any nearest Diverse License Center in the state to start the process of procuring the License, which also simply involves filling a form and having a biometric capturing, after which a temporary Divers License will be issued to the person, which is expected to last for a maximum period of 60 days before the permanent one will be out; and they will be contacted to come and pick it up.”

While disclosing that Drivers License Centers in the state are located at Awka, Ihiala, Nimo, Nnewi, Ogidi, Aguata, Otuocha and Onitsha; Commander Kumapayi further explained that the Class ‘A’ Drivers License is of two categories, with regards to its validity period, which, according to him, are one for 3-year validity period and one for 5-year validity period, costing N3,000 and N5,000 respectively, further noting that the are carrying out the registration exercise in partnership with the state’s Board of Inland Revenue.

He said, “Any motorcyclist or tricyclist found without having this Class ‘A’ Drivers License and having his Vehicle Number Plate affixed on his vehicle will have his vehicle impounded, and the owner will have to go and pay the necessary fine as enshrined in the Road Safety Law.

On how prepared the Corps is for the festive season, Commander Kumapayi highlighted some of the measures they have put in place, to include: enhancement of their enforcement with mobile court operations, extending the period of night traffic control in some strategic areas to ensure safe and free vehicular movement, even at night, visiting churches and media houses and other public places for sensitization and safety education, among other measures.

He also disclosed that the Corps is working together with her sister agencies in the state this time, and revealed that some officers will be deployed to some hinterlands where there used to be traffic jams during the festive period, confirming also that more officers will be deployed to Anambra from other states during the period, being one of the strategic states in the country that receive such favour of secondment.

Frowning at some unlawful attitudes of some individuals on road safety matter, he also used the opportunity to warn those who are fond of blocking roads during festive period never to attempt it henceforth, likewise those who indulge in street trading, as anyone caught in the act will be lawfully dealt with.

He commended Governor Willie Obiano who he also described as a road-safety-friendly Governor, owing to the unrelenting support he has been given the FRSC in the state to minimize snarl-up and road traffic crashes, especially by installing traffic lights at the required junctions, and by doing some palliative and maintenance works on the state’s roads and even federal roads, to ensure they are safe, motorable, and pothole-free.

Contributing, the MD/Editor-in-Chief of National Light Newspaper, Sir Chuka Nnabuife called the Corps Commander’s attention to some yet-to-be addressed issue of people blocking motorists’ and cyclists’ views with signposts wrongly mounted at the various junctions and corners of roads in the state, which he said causes accidents, as people coming from adjacent directions may not see each other from afar, thereby colliding.

He also called his (Kumapayi’s) attention to the indiscriminate and unauthorized siting of bumps on the roads by some individuals, which he said does not only slow down vehicular movement, but also causes accident, especially when a regular user of the road does not know that such bumps have been sited.

This, as he further argued, also gives armed robbers, kidnappers and hoodlums ample opportunity to strike or attack, with advantage, especially at lonely places.

He hence urged FRSC helmsman, to look into those issues; an observation which Kumapayi also commended and promised to give urgent and maximum attention to; as, according to him, no individual or group of people has right to put bump on any federal or state road without first obtaining the express permission of the Minister or the Commissioner concerned, as the case may be.

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