Federal Road Safety Corps has condemned the plan of Lagos State not to allow commercial and private vehicles without the state number plates to operate in the state.
Our correspondent however learnt on Thursday in Abuja that the management of the corps was not pleased with the position of the state on the issue.
A senior corps officer said the state was trying to provoke what he called avoidable crisis with the Federal Government and the FRSC, pointing out that the issue would “cause more problems than expected.”
“This move by Lagos is purely a revenue-driven policy, but it will cause more problems for motorists if other states adopt it, ” he said.
FRSC however, said it would soon make its position known on the plan of the Lagos State Government.
The corps stated that it would study the policy as enunciated by the state and make its stand known on the issue.
Deputy Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said the Corps Marshall, Osita Chidoka was currently in Ghana attending the annual conference of West African Traffic Agencies and he has not had time to study the new directive.
“We (FRSC) will make our position known on the matter as soon as the Corps Marshall studies it. He is presently attending the annual conference of theWest African Traffic Agencies in Ghana and he is yet to study the statement made by the state government; be rest assured that we will make our stand known soon,” Kazeem said over the phone from Ghana.
Lagos State Government had on Wednesday advised residents with private vehicles to change to the state’s number plates to reflect the fact that they live in Lagos.
The Director, Vehicle Inspection Office, Mr, Gbolahan Toriola, said the measure was meant to achieve “sanity, standard, safety and security” as stipulated by the road traffic law.