FCTA impounds 224 tricycles 

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The Environmental Task Force in Abuja has impounded 224 tricycles otherwise known as Keke NAPEP.The Chief Press Secretary to the Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Sule, said in an electronic mail on Sunday that the task force which was inaugurated a fortnight ago seized the tricycles within the Abuja metropolis as part of ongoing efforts to clean up the city.He quoted the Minister of the FCT, Alhaji Bala Mohammed as having said that the impounded tricycles had been deposited at the headquarters of the Directorate of Road Transport Services of the FCT, Mabushi, Abuja.The minister also said that the new task force also confiscated 165 commercial motorcycles within the period, which according to him, had been deposited at the Abuja Auto Pound, Gosa.He stated further a total of 504 commercial motorcycles known in local parlance as okada were seized from the operators in the months of January and February, 2014 before the inauguration of the task force in the middle of March.The minister said that the FCT authorities impounded 5,090 motorcycles in 2013 thereby bringing the total number of motorcycles deposited at the Abuja Auto Pond to 14,950.Mohammed was also quoted as saying that the FCT issued 95,234 private, 9,340 commercial and 300 CT plate numbers in 2013.He added that the FCT Administration also issued a total of 28,141 driver’s license in 2013.“Between January and February 2014, the FCT Administration registeredover 14,000 vehicles and issued 2,005 driver’s license respectively,” Mohammed was quoted as saying.He said that the authorities also removed 53 vehicles from illegal mechanic workshops in Abuja and 18 others abandoned in the FCT.The minister said that the FCT administration secured 97 convictions out of 128 traffic offences that were taken to court while 31 suspects were discharged and acquitted.According to him, 2,473 vehicles failed routine inspection exercise for road worthiness out of 196,472 vehicles that were inspected.He called on tricycle or motorcycle operators to restrict their activities to authorized areas in order to avoid sanctions.The minister also advised motorists to ensure that traffic rules were observed in the city stressing that the relevant agencies had been put on the alert to go after offenders.

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