The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has disclosed that 367 unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles and tricycles have been apprehended in Borno, Yobe and Bauchi States in October, 2019.
The Zonal Commanding Officer of the FRSC (Zone 12), Assistant Corps Marshall, Imoh Etuk, disclosed this Thursday, during the fourth quarter 2019 Zonal Operators Meeting held in Bauchi.
Etuk said: “You may recall that Zone 12 in her effort to achieving the Corp’s mandate on enforcement, embarked on public enlightenment on unregistered and unlicensed motorcycles and tricycles in the month of September and began enforcement on October 2, 2019, till date”.
“The total number of unregistered and unlicensed motorcycles and tricycles apprehended are 187 and 180 respectively, making a total of 367”, he stated.
The Corps disclosed that, in Bauchi State, 187 motorcycles and 11 tricycles were apprehended while 169 tricycles in Yobe State were also apprehended within the same period.
He, however, said that so far, 1,411 motorcycles and tricycles offenders have acquired their National Driver’s License and Number Plates.
The FRSC boss said that 1,105 acquired their National Driver’s License with 952 from Bauchi State while 153 were from Yobe State.
He added that 306 in Bauchi State acquired their Number Plates within the same period under review.
According to him, the enforcement in Borno state has not been possible because of the security challenges there.
Etuk also disclosed that from January to October 2019, 24,399 road traffic offenders were apprehended in the Zone.
He said that the Zone, within the 42 weeks of the year performed poorly which placed it as the 10th in the country as contained in the Road Safety Headquarter’s Weekly Dashboard, because of the minimal enforcement of these offences.
He said: “Commands within the Zone 12 apprehended 24,399 offenders from the beginning of the year 2019, week 1 to week 42.
“The poor performance was due to the fact that the Zone has not made much impact in the enforcement of Expired and worn out tyres, excessive smoke emission, underage drivers, mechanically deficient vehicles, attempt to corrupt staff, construction area violation, driving under the influence of drugs, among others.”
He stated that, within the second and third quarters of the year, there was a 0.2% increase in the enforcement, saying that, “this calls for all hands to be on deck for robust enforcement on Road Traffic Offenders, so that road traffic crashes excesses can be reduced to the barest minimum.”
He warned all who have not acquired their licences and number plates to immediately do so as the zone has zero-tolerance for defaulters.
“I wish to warn all those that have refused to comply with this directive to comply forthwith because we will not spare anyone we find violating this but must be prosecuted in accordance with the law,” he warned.