The FRSC unit in Pankshin, Plateau state has issued a stern ultimatum to commercial motorbikes and riders who are unregistered and unlicensed. The commercial motorbikes, also known widely as Okada, had been earlier asked to register their motorbikes with the FRSC naionwide.
Nnamdi Ikeh Akabogu is the ACC or Assistant Corps Commander of the Pankshin Unit of the FRSC, and issued the update in a brief chat with pressmen at the unit office in Pankshin.
Said the commander:
“It’s a known fact that the Federal Road Safety Corps had earlier in the year issued Aug. 1, as the deadline for all tricycle `keke’ and commercial motorcycle operators known as okada riders, to register their vehicles and also obtain driver’s license.”
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Okada is very popular as mass transportation, but increased criminality is giving the bikers a bad rep
The commander further stated that unregistered okada riders should stay home as a favor to themselves. He informed the listening journalists that there would conseuences for any motorbike, or Keke cugh on the wrong side of the law after August 1st.
“If they don’t register their bikes and procure class A Drivers’ License before the Aug. 1 deadline issued by FRSC High Command, they stand the risk of an arrest and surcharging,”
The Pankshin unit boss said his sector would be especially uncomfortable for all such operators that default. He asserted that the new regulations were drawn up for both the operators as well as for the larger society.
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It has come to light that criminals have taken to using motorbikes to commit crimes such as robberies, kidnappings and rapes. The FRSC thus instituted the new registration and licensing regime to quickly identify bikes and tricycles used in such operations.
Ikeh-Akabogu said the bikes so used were mostly of the stolen variety.
"This is because if the plate numbers are captured, the perpetrator can easily be fished out using the database of FRSC to track down the owner of the bike.”
He noted that FRSC was in collaboration with the Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS) to make sure that plate numbers are made available to would-be riders in Plateau central. He urged riders who had completed the process of obtaining their license to report for physical capturing at the license center in Pankskshin.
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