Policemen will no longer demand vehicle particulars
Towards this goal; owners of vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles are expected to register their automobiles with the police; this new automobile registration scheme, “Police Biometric Central Motor Registry” will help the police establish a national automobile database and check crimes committed with automobiles nationwide.
This scheme replaces the current “Central Motor Registry” which the police have been using since 1957 under the Police Act. The new registration technology BCMR is a logical means of attaching owners of automobiles special and unique biological trait as well as their personal data to their vehicle for identification, authentication, protection and crime control. Police BCMR, will also do away with the regime of policemen standing on the road and demanding for vehicle particulars as they only require a smartcard that was issued after registration. BMCR operates on a smart card and hand held card reader that is linked to a specially developed enterprise solution with records that have been centralised and thereby validates the presented smart card or do otherwise.
The scheme is expected to commence immediately in Lagos and Abuja and it is expected to reach other states of the federation by 2013.
In a related development the Director General of State Security Service (SSS) Mr Ekpeyong Itah has described the new automobile number plate project has a veritable tool in the collective effort to combat terrorism and other national security challenges facing the country.
Itah made this disclosure during an advocacy visit by the World Bank Road Safety Consultants. He expressed his delight with the banks’ initiative of integrating safety components on road rehabilitation and construction in the country as it would add value to traffic enforcement and proper identification of vehicle owners in the country.
Osita Chidoka Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) Corp Marshall and Chief Executive Officer had earlier said that the World Bank consultants were in the country for a review of the FRSC enforcement capacity, in line with the “World Bank Safety Corridor Project”, which seeks to infuse road safety and enforcement components into road construction and rehabilitation in Nigeria.
From: National Daily