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FRSC advises motorists to replace faded number plates

FRSC advises motorists to replace faded number plates
Written by Maritime First

Motorists have been advised to replace their vehicle number plates if they have faded.

They were also enjoined to avoid using hard chemicals in washing their number plates.

The Lagos State Corps Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, gave the advice in Lagos on Tuesday.

He advised that to prevent number plates from fading, motorists should always use ordinary water and soap to wash them.

Ogungbemide also advised motorists to quickly inform the authority whenever they discover any defect on their number plates, for necessary replacement.

According to the FRSC Commander, the offence of faded number plates had been in the FRSC system since inception, captured under number plate violation.

He stated that there are so many offences rated under the number plate violation such as broken number plate, faded number plate, covered number plate, non-use of number plate, and we have misuse of number plate.

He explained that misuse of a number plate means that one is using a private number plate for commercial.

He pointed out that the one that is generating a lot of interest now is the faded number plates, explaining that when one has a faded number plate, the rationale behind this action is that it has both moral and security implications.

“Moral in the sense that, if in the course of your driving you happen to hit somebody and you escape, how do you expect the law enforcement agency to get the number plate of the vehicle that absconds from that point?

“Especially in the situation of hit and run, because the act says the number plate should be visible, by 60 metres distance. If your number is faded, there is no way we can record that.”

Ogungbemide stated that so many people had used faded number plates to perpetrate atrocities, and that became an issue while trying to identify such vehicles.

The Corps Commander said that due to misuse of number plate, the government made the decision that if it fades, the owner should replace it immediately.

Ogungbemide said that he had been using his number plate for the past 10 years and it was still intact.

He stated that it takes two weeks to process a number plate and hinted that there was no limit in the duration of number plate usage, as long as it had no defect.

The corps commander said that there are guidelines on the issuance of new number plates, and urged motorists to keep to them.


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