The Executive Chairman of the Delta State Internal Revenue Service, Sir Monday Onyeme has disclosed plans by the agency to begin the enforcement of the new number plate system.
The Chairman in a statement signed on its behalf by Mr. Utoware advised vehicle owners whose vehicles were registered under the old vehicle licensing format to apply for registration or revalidation to the new number plate system at the point of renewal of vehicle particulars.
According to the statement, the exercise was part of the move by the state revenue-generating agency to “check fraud, enhance revenue collection and security and inject order and control in the nation’s vehicle administration system.”
It will be recalled that enforcement of compliance with the National Road Traffic Regulation of 2012 on the use of new vehicle number plates had been stalled by a gale of protests by Nigerians, some of whom had dragged the FRSC to court for judicial intervention.
Though a Federal High Court had ruled that it was unconstitutional for the FRSC to compel motorists to register their vehicles twice, the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos had on the 31st of October, 2014 ruled that the FRSC was empowered by law “to regulate the use of number plates, and to set a deadline for the transition from the old to the new number plate format when the time was due.”
The new number plate starts with the respective local government code, the Nigerian flag, and map on it, and ends with the respective state code.