The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), said it had issued no fewer than 5, 420 drivers licences to motorists in Katsina State in 2017.
Mr Godwin Ngueku, the FRSC Sector Commander in the state disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Katsina.
He said of the total number, 3, 581 licences were distributed by the FRSC Katsina unit, while 1, 354 were issued in Funtua, 262 in Daura, and 223 in Dutsin-ma.
Ngueku explained that fresh applicants for drivers’ licence would first go to driving school for lessons on driving for some weeks before getting the document.
He further said that after the lessons, they would be issued with a certificate before an examination by the Vehicle Inspector Officer (VIO), make payments, after which, the applicants would be given a temporary licence.
Ngueku said that the temporary licence expires within two months before a person is issued with a permanent one.
He said drivers with expired licences or those without it would have their vehicles impounded by the FRSC and be asked to pay a fine of N10, 000.
‘’Vehicles of such drivers will remained with the FRSC until they settle the payment and register with any of the driving schools in the state as first step for acquiring the licence,’’ he said.
Ngueku, therefore, advised motorists to always ensure that they drive with licence, number plate and other required documents to avoid embarrassment. (NAN)