By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu
Senate has passed fifteen bills which are all on concurrence with the House of Representatives, including the Bill seeking the establishment of road traffic and motor vehicle administration service.
One of such bills passed in concurrence with the House of Representatives is the FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Administration Service Bill, 2019 which among others, seeks for review of parking fees and enforce parking laws in FCT.
The new bill if signed into law by President Muhamnadu Buhari, empowers the FCT administration in collaboration with the FCT Internal Revenue Service to embark on the overall enforcement of parking rules.
The bill also saddled the proposed agency with the responsibilities of producing and administering vehicle and drivers’ licences in collaboration with relevant federal agencies.
The specific functions of the FCT traffic management service as contained the bill are, regulating road traffic management and motor vehicle administration within the FCT.
The agency would also regulate, register, revoke, license and the renew motor vehicle documents and issuance of vehicle identification number plates in the FCT.
It will also conduct road worthiness test and issue road worthiness certificates to all categories of vehicles for the purposes of ridding the FCT of non-road worthy vehicles.
The agency would also be responsible for the training and testing drivers to ensure competence for issuance of drivers licence in the FCT.
The proposed agency would also regulate and enforce the use of bus stops and bus terminal and the activities of the commercial motor vehicles in the FCT.
It will also register and enforce and accredit driving schools and enforce the ban on the use of motorcycles as a means of public transport in the FCT.
The officers of the new agency as contained in the bill have been mandated to arrest and book any person who commit traffic offences like wrong overtaking, traffic light violation, and driving with expired documents or without driving licence.
They are also to arrest anyone that drives right-hand vehicles, drivers who exceed driving limit, drives against the traffic or obstruct traffic through illegal parking among others.
Other bills passed for third reading were the National Road Fund (establishment) bill 2018, Federal University of Aquatic Studies, Ogbaru, Anambra State (Est) bill 2019, Federal College of Education (Technical), Aghoro Bayelsa State (Est) bill 2019 etc .