FCTA Receives 97,000 Applications for Drivers’ Licences From Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja

The Transport Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) has disclosed that it has received the total applications of 97,653 for drivers’ licences in 2016.

This breakdown was given by the Acting Secretary of the Transport Secretariat Alhaji Abdulhamid Mohammed, while briefing reporters on drivers’ licence processing, issuance and other the activities of the secretariat for the year.
Mohammed said that all the applications in respect new drivers licence and renewals were received by the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) which is under the supervision of the transport secretariat.

Giving a full breakdown of the applications, he said the directorate received 48,129 applications for new drivers licences, while 49,524 were for renewal.

He also disclosed that though 65, 641 licences were collected the number of uncollected licences for the year and 2015 was staggering as it stood at 95,517.

The acting secretary similarly said that in line with international best practices, two computerised vehicle inspection centres were established by the FCTA in two locations this year.

According to him, 46,647 vehicles went through testing at the facilities between January and October, adding that 18,532 of the vehicles passed while 28,115 failed.

Mohammed said that the DRTS had made it mandatory that all vehicle owners or operators seeking to obtain road worthiness certificate must subject their vehicles to computerised testing at the two testing centres. The essence of the test is that only roadworthy vehicles will be allowed to ply the FCT roads.

He also added that Central Motor Registry (CMR) which is in charge of issuing vehicle number plates in the territory ordered and received a total of 53,956 plate numbers this year.

Mohammed said that the directorate is confronted with many challenges limiting its capacity from maximizing its potentials. He listed some of the challenges to include, inadequate personnel to confront the growing trend of human and vehicular traffic in the territory in addition to underfunding, lack of office accommodation in the office and area commands, coupled with poor remuneration of enforcement officers who are not paid like other paramilitary outfits in the country.

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