2022: Over 21,000 Vehicles fail Roadworthiness Test in Abuja
By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja
Authority of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), said that about 21,438 vehicles failed roadworthiness test in Abuja between January and November 2022.
Voice of Nigeria gathered that about 1,120 traffic offenders were prosecuted before a Magistrate sitting in a Mobile Court.
This alarming figure, it said was gotten from the rigorous examination which the vehicles were subjected to at the Computerised Vehicle Inspection facilities.
Making this revelation in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, the Secretary of Transportation Secretariat in the FCT, Abdullahi Candido said that a total of 37,572 vehicles were inspected and only 16,198 were found worthy.
Candido attributed the high failure rate to random importation of fairly used vehicles, otherwise known as “tokumbo” into the country.
He noted that most of these vehicles were given face-lifting treatment by their initial owners, after being involved in an accident or flooding in their countries of origin.
While he acknowledged that bad road network within the suburbs and poor maintenance culture contribute significantly to the failure of these vehicles, he revealed that the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) has been mandated to subject all vehicles to the computerised test before car documents renewal.
It was also revealed that a total of 3,532 out of 54,620 applicants for driver’s license could not get, because they failed the test.
To ameliorate traffic related offences in Abuja, voice of Nigeria learnt that 4,401 errant drivers were sent to a compulsory correctional training within this year.
About 850 dispatch riders were also made to attend the mandatory training of the DRTS, before being issued with a Riders Certification Card.