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Recently, I featured an article on “Divers without Driver Licence”, which is very common on our roads and fuelling the rate of accidents.

In this article, I would like to draw the attention of the relevant government agencies and other Nigerians to the dangerously increasing trend of vehicles without plate numbers.

It has become a common trend seeing commercial buses, cars, tricycles and motorcycles moving on intra city and inter-state roads without number plates, particularly at the back.

Fundamentally, number plates on a vehicle play very vital roles in identifying genuinely acquired vehicles and for the tracking of runaway vehicles involved in road accidents as well as vehicles that committed an offence or crime. Many vehicles operate on the road today without plate numbers while some are operating with wrongly fixed, faded and even borrowed plate numbers thereby fuelling criminality on Nigeria roads.

This wicked and dangerous trend is surprisingly more common in Abuja, the seat of power. Last week, I decided to go round Abuja metropolis to investigate this problem and my findings are more than I can say in this article. Within 30 minutes of my stay at any point in Abuja, I saw not less than 10 vehicles without either the front, back or both plate numbers.

Some of the drivers I interviewed told me that it is the Police and other government task force officers that removed their plate numbers because they were accused of committing one traffic offence or the other.

I have been an active operator in transportation and road safety issues, but I have not seen any portion of the National Road Traffic Regulation that prescribed the removal of number plates as one of the punishment for committing traffic offence.

If any of these drivers operating on the roads without number plates committed any offence and sped off, it will be difficult to track them for arrest.

With this loophole already created by the police and task force, including the government revenue collectors, some criminals can deliberately remove their number plates to perpetrate any form of crime to avoid being apprehended through  their number plates.

I hereby implore all the relevant government agencies in all the states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to desist from this dangerous practice of removing the number plates of the vehicles of offending drivers. They should carry out their duties as spelt out in the relevant Acts and traffic or revenue regulations. The lives of Nigerians are precious and should not be endangered on and off the roads.

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