DRTS Nigeria Commences E-Encoding of Vehicles

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The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) has commenced the electronic encoding of information-based chips inside vehicles plying the roads of the Federal Capital Territory for electronic enforcement and regulation of traffic activities. This would avoid the rigorous manual checking of vehicle details.

Making this known to Leadership in an exclusive interview, an officer in the Public Enlightenment Department of the directorate, Alex Okereke said that following the August commencement date, many motorists had trooped to their office in Mabushi for the encoding chips, since the campaign commenced on August 1, 2010.

Okereke advised vehicle owners and drivers plying the FCT roads to comply with the e-enforcement exercise to avoid unnecessary stops by the VIO officials on patrol for checks on the legality of their vehicles along the roads.

Moreover, Pam Jack, Deputy Director of Operations in an interview with Leadership said, "by that you bring in vehicle documents to the road traffic agency. We check them against fake issuance; we will also check the details of the vehicles to ensure that fake registration numbers are not encoded. And then we encode, that is, we put information into a chip which will be built in as part of number plates of the vehicles."

Pam noted that the procedure would eliminate delays motorists encounter on the road when they are stopped by the VIO officials, noting that vehicles would be electronically checked without their presence in order to verify validity. He added that so far, compliance to the electronic enforcement had been encouraging. "So far many people have been coming, particularly the elite who know the importance of the electronic equipment.

"They prefer to come because they have been having problems with our officials from time to time during patrols. And once they are on patrol, they will be stopped to do manual checking. Sometimes you find out that somebody is in a hurry or somebody forgot his documents at home and so many other things do happen, sometimes it results into a fight, but now with the e-enforcement, it will reduce.