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Lagos State Govt. to Introduce Temporary Vehicle Tag         …as NAGAFF Lauds the Project.

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The Lagos State Government (LASG) has announced its plan to introduce a Temporary Vehicle Tag (TVT) aimed at safety and security of vehicles prior to registration.
The Director Projects & Planning, Lagos State Motor Vehicle Agency, Debola Badru, who made this disclosure when he paid an enlightenment visit to National Association of Government Freight Forwarders(NAGAFF) at its national headquarters in Apapa Lagos, Nigeria, said this has become necessary in order to trace and recover stolen vehicles easily
Badru explained that TVT was a form of registration carried out at the Port with a tag issued before the vehicle leaves the Port. With the tag, the vehicle can easily be recovered in case of theft.

His words: “We’re here to introduce a vehicle project we’re about to launch in Lagos. A temporary vehicle tag has always been in our Law; that every vehicle must have a means of identification. This is necessary because moving from point A to B anything can happen as the vehicle can be snatched or used to commit robbery or other offences.

“So LASG is introducing TVT  with an expiry date of 30 days from the time it was issued, after which it can be renewed for another 30 days only.”
Badru advised the public to desist from using unidentified vehicles, noting that a lot of vehicles were stolen either during or before registration, adding that as a result, the Lagos State Government had mapped out a new way of giving Identification Numbers (IDs) to vehicles as soon as they enter the Country (Port).
“So if the vehicle is stolen at any point, even from where it was parked, the robber will find it difficult to register the vehicle because the ID will reveal the original owner.
“Remember, when a vehicle is not registered and gets stolen it is extremely difficult to locate it. So the Law enforcement agents have the right to impound an unregistered vehicle because the Law says as soon as you’re leaving the Port you get your TVT,” he stated.
 He however made it clear that the enforcement approach would not be adopted, pointing out that enforcement would lead to corruption and therefore solicited the support of all for the success of the project.
The LSMVA Director allayed fears that TVT would increase the cumbersome nature of clearing vehicles from the Nation’s ports, saying that the Agency would  make the process of obtaining the ‘Tag’ as seamless as possible. “That is why we are here, so if your customer imports a vehicle you advise him to obtain a TVT immediately. The TVT will also make the process of permanent registration easy because the details will always be in the electronic system,” he said.
On the cost of the Tag, he said the cost was yet to be approved  by the Lagos State government, adding that the cost would invariably be built into the cost of clearing  vehicles from the Ports.
According to him, “TVT is not about revenue generation because the government is not looking at that but security and safety because crime rate in the Country is alarming, especially in Lagos State which has 70 per cent of vehicles registered in Nigeria. The project will commence on the 2nd of October, while other states will follow.  TVT obtained from any state in Nigeria would be legal all over the federation as it is a federal government project which we are taking advantage of introducing,  first.”
Photo; L> R; Debola Bedru, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam.
The Director Projects Planning later paid a courtesy visit to the Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam  in his office where he (Dr. Aniebonam) lauded the project and promised that NAGAFF would lend its support to make it a success. He advised the Agency to check the inherent abuse of people that may try to sell the tag.

He however, frowned at the abuse of wharf landing fee which was yet to be addressed, while calling on the government to provide infrastructure like good access roads leading to the ports.

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