The Edo State Government has extended the deadline for the compulsory painting of all commercial vehicles and profiling of commercial drivers/ owners in the state by two weeks.
In a statement, the Managing Director, Edo State Transport Authority, Mrs. Edugie Agbonlahor, noted that the Authority has put necessary machinery in motion to enforce full compliance after the deadline of 16th January, 2023.
According to her, “We wish to remind all commercial vehicle owners, drivers and transport stakeholders in Edo State of our mutual agreement of 4th August, 2022 to extend the deadline for compliance with government directive on the compulsory painting of all commercial vehicles and profiling of commercial drivers/owners in the state to 31st December, 2022.
“While commending the drivers and vehicle owners who have complied with the directive, the Edo State Transport Authority formerly known as the Ministry of Transportation has noted that some drivers and vehicle owners are yet to comply.
“In the spirit of the New Year, the Authority has decided to give another two weeks period of grace to enable all commercial drivers, owners and transport stakeholders to comply with the directive.”
The Managing Director further noted, "Consequently, commercial drivers/owners that have not complied can still come to the premises of the Edo State Transport Authority on Sapele Road, Benin City for profiling and issuance of Bar-Coded Stickers from the date of this announcement till 16th January, 2023.
“Kindly note that the Authority has put necessary machineries in motion to enforce full Compliance after the deadline of 16th January, 2023.”
“The Authority further wishes to advise commuters and the general public that before boarding any commercial vehicle in the state they should look out for the Bar-Coded Sticker, for security purpose as any commercial vehicle without a Bar-Code is a security risk,” the statement read.