Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, the corps marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has said that vehicle number plates bearing ‘Peace Ambassador’ are fake and illegal and should be impounded by officers of the corps.
Oyeyemi spoke on Thursday, April 28, 2016 while declaring open a workshop for Motor Licensing Authority in Lagos. “We have ordered that any peace ambassador number plate seen on a vehicle, such vehicle should be impounded because it is a fake number plate,” he said.
“Such number plates do not go through the normal registration process, so anybody that has such a number plate should know that it is an illegal one; it is not authorised; it is fake and it is criminal.”
The corps marshal said he had discovered that such number plates were sold at exorbitant fees to prominent persons to the tune of between N150, 000 and N200,000.
“The Peace Ambassador number plate is illegal, the corps has not produced Ambassador number plate for anybody, likewise the states.
“So, I don’t know where they are getting those plates they are selling at a rate of between N150, 000 and N200,000; it is illegal, even the Special number plate is not up to that.
The corps marshal also said that the commission had in the last three years observed some illegal number plates on the nation’s high ways.
He urged Motor Licensing Officers not to attempt to register such vehicles because FRSC did not produce the plates.
He said that Lagos State that also had its own Number Plate Plant had confirmed that it did not produce such plates.
“I want to advise all the states and the FCT not to encourage this, the corps has not produced any number plate for anybody; the corps is not selling plates directly to the public.
“It is a road task and the corps has respected the constitutional role of the states as regards the road task administration, we have not authorised anybody nor produced any fancy number plates for anybody,’’ he warned.
He also frowned at the practice where some number plates belonging to some states were being sold in other states.
He said it was wrong for number plates for one state to be carried with its vehicle licence to another state for registration, and advised those involved to desist from such act.
The corps marshal called for a harmonious working relationship among all traffic agencies – the FRSC, VIO, and the driving schools to work as a team to achieve road safety in the country.
He said the use of data for planning, research, policy formulation and recovery of stolen vehicles was very critical.