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  • Updated: September 23, 2023

FCTA To Take Legal Action Against Owners Of Seized Vehicles, Tricycles, Motorcycles

FCTA To Take Legal Action Against Owners Of Seized Vehicles,

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has announced that the owners of 149 confiscated vehicles, along with 100 tricycles and motorcycles within the FCT, will be summoned before a mobile court to address a range of traffic violations.

Abdulateef Bello, who serves as the Director of the FCTA Directorate of Road Traffic Services, also known as Vehicles Inspection Officers (VIO), made the announcement in Abuja on Friday after personally inspecting the impounded vehicles.

Bello, during his visit to several VIO Commands housing the impounded vehicles, tricycles, and motorcycles, emphasized that the owners would face significant penalties for their transgressions.

The offenses in question encompass parking in unauthorized areas, driving against traffic, operating unregistered and unpainted taxis, as well as involvement in illegal motor parks.

“I always advise that it is cheaper to be on the side of the law to obey simple rules and regulations.

“We have asked commercial motorists to register and operate within the defined routes and motor parks and not to pick indiscriminately from the road corridors.

“We have also told the tricycle operators to operate within the confines of the road plan, already agreed upon.

“They are not supposed to come into the city. They are supposed to transport people that are going into estates and towards suburbs of the city,” he said.

He said that traffic regulations have been reviewed, adding that fines will equally be reviewed upward.

He said that traffic offenders would pay hugely when they face mobile court, “but I am sure it will serve as a deterrence”.

The director said that the directorate was working with the Transport Secretariat of the FCTA to review existing road traffic policies on traffic management.

This, according to him, will ensure effective regulation of road traffic management.

He noted that until the Abuja Mass Transit became fully operational to meet the needs of commuters, the directorate would continue to battle with unregistered vehicles operating illegally in the city.

“This is because it is a function of demand and supply, but I am sure in no distant time, all these will be a thing of the past,” he said. 

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