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Published On: Thu, Jan 14th, 2016

FCTA to sanction owners of abandoned vehicles

Owners of abandoned vehicles will be sanctioned if they failed to remove them by January 26, the FCT Transport Secretariat has warned.

Mr Ifeanyi Ughamadu, the Head of Public Relations of the secretariat, issued the warning in an interview on Thursday in Abuja.

Ughamadu said that efforts were under way to move such vehicles to an “auto pond’’ because they constitute security risk and obstruct traffic flow.

“We are giving owners of such vehicles till January 26, 2016, to remove them before we start moving them to the auto pond.”

“Such vehicles constitute security risk and nuisance, hampering free flow of traffic.

“We have started sending notices to owners of such vehicles to remove them; failure to comply will result to moving the vehicles to our auto pond in Yaba, along Kwali road.

“If such vehicles are taken to the auto pond, their owners will be made to bear the cost of taking them there and some administrative charges will be paid before the cars can be released to them.’’

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He said that such punitive measure were necessary to ensure smooth traffic flow in the territory.

According to him, Vehicle Inspection Officials (VIO) and other security personnel who obstruct traffic flow while performing their duties had also been asked to desist from creating obstruction.

“Even the VIOs have been prevailed upon to stop impeding the free flow of traffic by opening up certain roads where they usually obstruct.

“Now, they move from place to place and this has been very effective on traffic flow, particularly along the AYA/Nyanya axis.

“Our major task is to formulate policies to ensure that the transport sector in the FCT is sanitised, and that is why we are taking these measures.’’

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He further advised FCT residents to desist from patronising unpainted taxis because they pose security risk.

“Last year, we commenced enforcement of ban on unpainted taxis and we created a lot of awareness among the operators on the need for them to get registered.

“Many of them got registered and painted their vehicles, but we observe that some public buildings and mass housing estates do not allow them access to their premises.

“This made some of them to revert to the unpainted status. We will continue to sensitise members of the public on the safety of allowing painted taxis access to their premises.

“With the registered painted taxis, safety of the passengers and their property is guaranteed. So, we urge them to always patronise those registered ones,’’ Ughamadu said. (NAN)

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