The Corp Marshal of Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) has ordered the confiscation of vehicles with ‘Peace Ambassador’ plate numbers across the country.
Speaking in a workshop for Motor Licencing Authority officials in Abuja on Thursday, the FRSC boss described such vehicles as illegal.
He also said the corps had discovered that such number plates were sold to prominent persons at inflated prices.
“We have ordered that any Peace Ambassador number plate seen on a vehicle, such vehicle should be impounded because it is a fake number plate,” Oyeyemi said.
“The number plates do not go through the normal registration process, so anybody that has such a number plate should know that it is an illegal one; it is not authorised; it is fake and it is criminal.”
“The Peace Ambassador number plate is illegal, the corps has not produced Ambassador number plate for anybody, likewise the states.
“So, I don’t know where they are getting those plates they are selling at a rate of between N150, 000 and N200,000; it is illegal, even the Special number plate is not up to that.”
He revealed that some people still use illegal number plates across the country, as the FRSC had in the last three years discovered so many culprits.
The Corps Marshall, however warned Motor Licencing Officers against registering such vehicles.
According to him, Lagos State that also had its own Number Plate Plant had confirmed that it did not produce such plates.
“I want to advise all the states and the FCT not to encourage this, the corps has not produced any number plate for anybody; the corps is not selling plates directly to the public.
“It is a road task and the corps has respected the constitutional role of the states as regards the road task administration, we have not authorised anybody nor produced any fancy number plates for anybody,’’ Oyeyemi stated.
He advocated for a harmonious working relationship among all traffic agencies – the FRSC, VIO, and the Driving Schools to work as a team to achieve road safety in the country.