Abuja taxis must be air-conditioned by October — FCTA

Transport Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has released more guidelines for passenger service (commercial) vehicles, operating within the Territory.
The Authority’s Transport Secretary, Kayode Opeifa, disclosed this on Monday after a meeting with all the licensed taxi operators.
According to him, all passenger service (commercial) vehicles such as high- capacity buses, mini/mid buses, taxis, tricycles and motorcycles must carry red number plates.
“All passenger service (commercial) vehicles must be registered in Abuja and must carry FCT number plate with effect from Oct. 1, 2018.
“All Taxis operating within the FCT must be air-conditioned on or before October 1, 2018. All passenger service (commercial) vehicles must carry two valid certificates of road-worthiness from FCT Computerised Roadworthy Test Centre issued in the last nine months,” he said.
Opeifa said drivers of all passenger service (commercial) vehicles must be in possession of valid driver’s licences and must be certified by the secretariat in line with relevant FCT Regulations.
He added that owners of the Passenger Service Vehicle (PSV) must show evidence of tax payment in the Territory.
He noted that all taxis with operators’ licences were allowed to operate in any part of the FCT, including all estates, hotels and government establishments.
“The taxis with operator’s licences are allowed to pick and drop off the road when properly parked and not willingly obstructing traffic within existing traffic regulation.
“Tricycles are to operate only at the designated routes as approved and assigned to the particular operator by the transportation secretariat.
“Tricycles and motorcycles are to be operated only by riders with valid FCTA- issued rider’s card.”
He said all commercial vehicles, including high-capacity buses, mini/mid buses, taxis, tricycles and motorcycles are advised to visit the nearest Department of Road Traffic Service (DRTS) office for necessary documentation and certification.
The secretary warned that, henceforth, issuance of operator’s licence would be suspended till further notice.
According to him, also, existing operators are not to admit/register any new commercial vehicle into their fleet.
“All currently registered corporate operators are to provide the Secretariat with a list of all vehicles operating under its corporate name on or before Friday, April 13, 2018, for ease of administration, road-worthiness, and inspection, safety and security purposes.”(NAN)

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