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Why Impounded Motorcycles and Tricycles Face Crushing in FCT – VIO Explains

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Why Impounded Motorcycles and Tricycles Face Crushing in FCT - VIO Explains

The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has been making headlines for its controversial decision to crush impounded motorcycles and tricycles. Mr. Kalu Emetu, the Spokesman of the DRTS, recently shed light on this action, stating that it is a response to persistent violations of traffic regulations by operators. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Emetu outlined the reasons behind this stringent approach.

The use of motorcycles, often locally known as ‘Okada,’ within the FCT’s city center has been restricted since 2006. These vehicles are only permitted to operate in designated area councils and suburban areas. However, despite these regulations, numerous operators have continued to flout the rules, causing concerns over road safety and order.

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Emetu pointed out that when these motorcycles and tricycles were impounded, some operators would simply ignore the penalties, returning the next day with new vehicles to repeat the same violations. This blatant disregard for the law led the DRTS and the Federal Capital Territory Administration to take more severe measures.

To clarify the process, Emetu explained that before crushing the impounded vehicles, the DRTS obtained legal authorization through court orders to forfeit them. This legal procedure ensures that the government has the authority to dispose of the confiscated property.

“It is left for the government to decide what to do with the property,” Emetu stated. “But normally, what we do at DRTS is to recycle them and put them into other purposes that will benefit Nigerians, especially FCT residents.”

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This decision, while contentious, underscores the authorities’ commitment to maintaining traffic rules and road safety in the FCT. The hope is that stricter penalties will deter repeat offenders and create a safer environment for all road users.

While some may question the crushing of these vehicles, it emphasizes the importance of adhering to traffic regulations and respecting the rules established for public safety. It also serves as a reminder that cooperation between citizens and the government is essential in ensuring a well-organized and secure urban environment.

As discussions around this issue continue, it is crucial for Nigerians to engage constructively with government decisions and work together to find solutions that benefit the community as a whole.

Source: Vanguard News

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