The Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Hyginus Omeje, has announced that the command would soon embark on ‘Operation Show Your Driving Licence.’
Omeje while making the disclosure on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria urged drivers to collect their licenses adding that the corps would embark on the mission across all units of the command.
“We are embarking on this assignment so that motorists will come to our office to collect their driving’ licenses. “We have no backlog of new driving licenses in Lagos State. There are 56,767 licenses yet to be collected by their owners. We have sent SMS to their owners that their licenses are ready for collection but they ignored responding to our messages,’’ the FRSC boss said.
Omeje frowned at the attitude of some road users driving without valid licenses saying that such licenses remained the only certification to drive on the road. According to him, the fine for driving without a valid license is N10,000 and the offender must produce the license within 24 hours.
Omeje said that if after 24 hours such offender could not produce a valid license, the vehicle of such offender would be impounded. He said that in such situation, it would be assumed that the driver was not licensed to drive. Omeje said that the corps was not interested in the fines or depriving anyone the comfort of his vehicle, but advised motorists to do the right thing and be safety conscious.