The commission listed its challenges in producing the licence.
The Rivers Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Sunday Oghenekaro, on Monday said more than 100,000 drivers’ licence were now ready for collection in the state.
Mr. Oghenekaro spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria during his visit to the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in Port Harcourt.
He said that the sector encountered serious challenges in 2013 in capturing drivers’ data due to poor internet service.
Mr. Oghenekaro said the commission had made serious efforts to address the challenges by putting in place effective mechanism to achieve speedy data collation.
“We have heard applicants complain that they had not accessed their original drivers’ licence after being captured and given temporary licence.
“Poor network is responsible for some of the delays. Even if the commission had five data capturing machines at the sector, if there is no network, we will not work effectively.
“Efforts put in place in addressing these challenges have resulted to production of over 100, 000 processed drivers’ licence now waiting for applicants to collect.
“Applicants should visit the Rivers Internal Revenue Service (RIRS) at number 22, William Jumbo Street, Port Harcourt, to collect their original drivers’ licence,” he said.
Mr. Oghenekaro said FRSC, with the RIRS, had adopted three strategies of reaching out to motorists to collect their licence before June 30 phase-out date for old drivers’ licence and number plates.
He said the options included sending bulk SMS to applicants’ next of kin, publishing of applicants’ names in national newspapers and pasting of applicants names on RIRS notice boards.
According to the commander, the options will make it easy for applicants to collect their driver’s license before the license expired and before the June 30 deadline.
Oghenekaro said that the visit to NURTW, Rivers Chapter, was aimed at further strengthening its relationship as well as inform the union of its free drivers training programme.
He said that the union had the largest number of drivers and fleet across the country and as such was a good platform to drive the commission’s road safety campaign.
“Road accidents are mostly caused by drivers’ recklessness which includes the use of mobile phones while driving, excessive speed, influence of alcohol and drugs, impatience, among others.
“We feel that if we reach out to a larger number of commercial drivers to adopt our safety message; we will drastically reduce the number of accidents recorded on our highways,” the commander said.
Mr. Oghenekaro called on motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations, stressing that motorists should apply “common sense” at road intersections and right-of-way.