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Road tax: ODIRS impounds 31 vehicles

By Saheed Ibrahim

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No fewer than 31 vehicles have been impounded as the Ondo State Internal Revenue Service (ODIRS) yesterday enforced road tax yesterday.

The quarterly exercise, which took place in various locations in Akure such as Ondo Road, Arakale, Oke-Aro, Oba Adesida Road and others, was done in collaboration with Nigeria Police, Vehicle Inspection Officers, Federal Road Safety Corps officers and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The officers checked vehicle particulars, drivers licence and vehicle number plates.

Speaking with The Hope, the State Licensing Officer at ODIRS, Mr Olajide Olugbenga said the essence of the exercise was to enforce compliance with the traffic law.

The traffic law is so clear that any vehicle that would ply government road must have been registered and has valid documents.

Today we see some vehicles using illegal numbers, like some commercial vehicles which use local government number and we see some unregistered vehicles on the road.

Also, we have so many old number plates on the road and vehicles with expired documents, while some do not have drivers licence.

Olugbenga added that the exercise was in line with the state government concern about the safety of lives and property on the road.

Most of the people carrying out criminal acts can be tracked if our people have valid documents and inexperienced drivers would also not be on the road.

The State Licensing Officer appealed to road users in the state to adhere to the traffic laws, saying, We want people that are using illegal plate number should collect the right number plate and those with expired documents should come for valid documents.

Also speaking, Officer in charge of the enforcement at the VIO, Adeniyi Adenegan said the exercise had been continuous, stating that it was unlawful for vehicle owners to drive without licences and vehicle particulars.

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