Court Upholds FRSC's Power To Set Deadlines For Plate Numbers And Drivers License

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has delivered judgment in favor of the Federal Road Safety Commission, upholding the Commission’s legal powers to set deadlines for motorists to change over to the new vehicle number plate and drivers’ license.

This verdict is coming on the heels of an appeal filed by the Commission against the judgment of the Federal High court in Lagos, in a case of Emmanuel Ofoegbu vs FRSC on 26th March 2014. The Federal High court had in the initial judgment, ruled that the Federal Road Safety Commission had no statutory powers to fix deadline for motorists to switch over to the new vehicle number plate and driver’s license.

However, in a verdict by the Court of Appeal in Lagos, delivered by Justice Joseph Ike with Justices Ndukwe Anyanwu and Jamillah Tukur as members, the Court of Appeal ruled as follows:

i.       Upheld the validity of the National Road Traffic Regulations 2012

ii.      High court Held that the validity of old number plate bought by the respondent, Emeka Ofoegbu expired on 13th October, 2014, the deadline issued by the FRSC.

iii.    Dissolved the order of injunction by the Federal High court, restraining FRSC from setting deadline for change over to the new number plates and observed that the 13th October, 2014 deadline, had passed. 


Reacting to the Appeal court’s verdict, the FRSC Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Boboye Oyeyemi expressed satisfaction about the judgement and commended the Judiciary for not only providing a clear interpretation of the existing laws on number plates and driver's licence but also validating the statutory powers of the FRSC to deliver on its goals and expectations of Nigerians on motor vehicle administration. He further enjoined motorists to comply with the law while urging them to drive safely as the year winds to a close. 




Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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