Imported vehicles without proper customs clearance are to be impounded by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), President Goodluck Jonathan gave the directives yesterday.
Such vehicles are to be released to owners, after all duties are paid.
Jonathan’s directives was sequel to the Corps-Marshal of the FRSC, Osita Chidoka, presentation of an update on Nigeria’s Status on the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) to the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Briefing State House correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting, Chidoka said the directives would guarantee accurate data on registered cars in the country, as well as ensuring that all necessary fees are paid to the customs.
“People come to us and present their customs duty paper that they have paid for it and we register it. But now we are no longer taking that paper, we are no linked with the customs clearance platform.
“So the data of all the cars that have validly entered into the country through the customs system is already domicile in our system. So when we enter your chasis number and that car does not come up into the system then we have to get you to get a genuine customs papers because what they carry are fake papers.
“So we have been able to do that for the insurance industry. If you notice now if you register your car with the new, number, they will tell you to bring your e-policy because all the insurance policy are required to update their policy to a database while we verify it.
“Now any car that carries the new number plate, that goes through registration would have valid insurance. That is what we want to do with the customs licence.
“Initially, our plans was when you are caught we ask you to go back to customs but with the feedback from the President today, that is not enough. We need to hold that car, investigate how it entered into the country without going through the normal process. So we will modify the process to include the customs in that process,” Chidoka stressed.