The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Monday said it is considering to increase the cost of procuring the driver’s licence and vehicle plate number as the current cost was no longer sustainable.
The Corps Marshall, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, raised the alarm at the 136th meeting of the Joint Tax Board, JTB, held in Abuja.
The Corps Marshall said the commission is considering the idea of increasing the cost of procuring the driver’s licence and vehicle plate number, stressing that the current rate of N6,000 and N12,000 for both items respectively, was no longer sustainable judging from the hike in operational cost.
He also cried out to the Joint Tax Board (JTB) to facilitate the payment of over N700 million owed it by various states in the country.
“FRSC is owed N700 million. I’ve written to the JTB. We need this money badly because it’s hurting our operations. Some states have credit balance of millions. We offer credit facilities but paying for service rendered is now very key. I hope the JTB intervenes”, he said.
On the plate number and driver’s licence, Oyeyemi said:
“N6,000 to get a driver’s licence and N12,000 for vehicle plate number is too poor. We are spending so much to produce them. I’m running over 200 in stations across the country. I shouldn’t be providing that. The states should.
“When I came in last year, the popular Mikano generator was N1.5 million, now it’s N3.8 million. Only Kwara State provided a generator. Majority of the states defaulted in providing that. All states should have secured offices. They should own these stations and I want to relocate workstations there. I want to stamp out corruption. Enough is enough.
“So, for us, our running costs is too high and the states should help us. We can be collecting N1,000 on every plate number and N500 on every licence as commission. That will help us a great deal”.