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How unpainted cars can be used as taxis in Abuja – FCTA

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has explained how owners of private cars can use them for taxi services without having to paint them.

This is contrary to the belief that only painted tax owners are legally permitted to ply their trade in the nation’s capital.

The Administration advises those interested in using their vehicles for commercial purposes to follow established procedures.

Some of the processes include proper registration of private cars with relevant agencies and acquiring unique identification and license plate numbers for the vehicles.

FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) Chief Operations Officer Deborah Osho revealed this during the crackdown on illegal taxi operators on Friday.

Osho said: “DRTS has a scheme called e-hailing, under which are Uber and Bolt, among others.

“You will have a unique license plate that they will give you. Your vehicle may not be painted, but it is registered with NIMC and DRTS, and there is no way you can participate in an opportunity because we and other relevant agencies will have your details,” he said.

He warned that “if you can’t go through that process to become an e-hailing driver, then you choose to do other businesses.”

Osho said more than 20 vehicles were seized during the operations that took place in Area 3, Apo junction under the bridge and the Three Arms Zone, and said the offending drivers would face a mobile court for prosecution.

Earlier, the Secretary of the Command and Control Unit of the FCTA Department of Security Services, Dr. Peter Olumuji, reiterated the commitment of the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, and the FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igweh, to protect lives and properties in the FCT. .