By Sani Abdulrahman
Kaduna – The Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Kaduna sector command, on Tuesday, said 521 tricyclists and motorcyclists have acquired drivers licenses within two weeks in Kaduna metropolis.
The Kaduna FRSC sector commander, Mr Haffiz Mohammed, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Kaduna.
Mohammed said this followed the enforcement of the directive on the registration of the vehicles nationwide.
The commander said a special operation involving the FRSC, Civil Defence, Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service, Police and the State road marshals was conducted from Oct. 2 to Oct. 14.
“Since the commencement of this exercise from October 2 to 14, we have arrested 728 motorcycles and tricycles in Kaduna metropolis.
“We intend to take the same enforcement to other major towns in the state like Kafanchan and Zaria at the appropriate time in due course.
“So far, 631 tricyclists and motorcyclists have registered for the drivers licenses among which 521 have acquired their licenses and 110 have gone to register and affix plate numbers to them.”
Mohammed added that the exercise have been moving on smoothly due to the proper awareness and sensitization carried out before the commencement of the exercise.
“We have made a lot of public enlightenment especially through the electronic media before the commencement of the exercise where we advised motorcyclists and tricyclists to acquire drivers’ licenses, we also stated the procedures,” he said.
He added that the operation would continue in line with road traffic regulations.
“Vehicles making movements on our roads must be registered for security reasons and whoever is going to drive or ride on the road should be adequately trained and licensed to do that.
“It is just that the enforcement has not been very serious particularly for riders’ license, but for registration and having numbers on every vehicle, we have always been enforcing it,” Mohammad said.
NAN reports that 100 tricycles were impounded on the first day of the operation in Kaduna over driver’s license.