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Dispatch Riders In Abuja Must Register With VIO



Dispatch riders in the FCT must register with the FCT Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) by the first week of August at the latest, or face penalties.

Mr Abdul-Lateef Bello, the FCT VIO Director, warned in Abuja on Sunday that companies employing the riders must also register by the deadline.

Before the August deadline, Bello told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the agency had engaged in a series of meetings with dispatch companies and riders.

“After registration and training, they will be given a different motorcycle specification of not less than 200 CC which is a higher category than what you see around now,’’ he said.

He said the bikes would help to create a distinctive feature for proper enforcement.

“This will also help to remove dispatch riders who had been engaging in one violation or the other,’’ Bello said.

The VIO director also told NAN that there were additional requirements introduced alongside the new specifications.

“You must have a helmet and reflective jacket; riders must have certificates and new riders’ permit to operate in the city.

“If you don’t meet the stated criteria, then you have no business with delivery services,’’ he said.

Bello also told NAN that registered riders would undergo riding lessons offered by the directorate.

“There are dispatch riders currently undergoing training with us after registration.

“So far, we have had appreciable response looking at the number of riders undergoing training and if you observe now within the territory, there is a level of compliance.

“This is in terms of behaviour, types of motorcycles and manner of riding; so it’s a gradual improvement.

“It’s not yet noticeable because the language most operators understand is enforcement. We shall start the enforcement; we will know those who are ready to obey the rules and regulations,” he said.

The director noted that the enforcement of the ban on commercial motorcycling had been difficult because Abuja city was not planned to accommodate the operation of motorcycle taxis and tricycles.

“Managing and enforcing the ban on the activities of motorcycles and tricycles within the city has been a very hectic assignment for the directorate because these riders are not willing to comply,’’ he said.

He stated that it was not only the VIO’s job to implement the prohibition, but also the FCT Administration’s.

He claimed that, despite the majority of riders’ carelessness, their services were vital, particularly to those who lived or worked in isolated places.

This, according to Bello, is one of the main reasons why the FCT Administration has been attempting to achieve a balance without imposing an outright ban on commercial motorcycles in all areas of the FCT. is an authoritative car blog in Nigeria. Its objective is to get Nigerians and a wider audience to be more informed about automobiles, the automotive sector and transport infrastructure. Over the years, we have been instrumental in creating immeasurable public awareness about automobiles and their maintenance, safety and traffic laws, amongst others. ...Your mobility, our priority. NK

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