It appears you might find yourself in big trouble with officials of the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) if you are caught driving a vehicle with a faded number plate. Just so you know, the traffic agency had already begun arresting several Nigerian motorists for this offence. According to the agency, the recent exercise is not to extort car owners but to ensure their compliance with traffic rules and regulations.
Driving a vehicle with a faded number plate is now considered a traffic offence in Nigeria
This new policy did not go down well with many motorists as they went online to share their stories with other internet users. Mr Kalu Emetu, who happens to be the spokesperson of VIO in Abuja, released a statement that gave clarity to the complaints issued by motorists. Some of these car owners were made to pay as much as ₦20,000 in fine. They were also ordered to get a new number plate for what they considered ridiculous and no fault of theirs. The public is pointing fingers at the substandard number plates manufactured by the Federal Road Safety Corps. However, the VIO spokesperson told newsmen on Monday 4th of July 2022 that all number plates must be easily spotted from a minimum of 50 meters. According to him, anyone that doesn't meet this requirement is committing an offence.
The VIO spokesperson in Abuja has also made it clear that a number plate does not perform its function whenever it is not visible from afar. He added that in a situation of car theft, the number plate would be used to identify the stolen vehicle and reported to appropriate authorities. He implored car owners and car wash attendants to refrain from using a hard sponge and all kinds of harmful cleaning agents on the number plate. Mr Kalu Emetu disclosed that the agency had already created awareness on the radio before the enforcement of fines on defaulters.
Mr Bisi Kazeem, who is the Public Education of FRSC, has also debunked the allegation that they produce low-quality number plates. He said all number plates are produced under strict supervision with a minimum lifespan of 5 years.