The Abia government told Aba on Sunday that it would soon begin biometric registration of commercial drivers and vehicle owners in the state.
Godswill Nwanorue, the transport commissioner, told correspondents the move would make it easier to identify and monitor their activities.
“This government is aware of the problems of transporters and their behavior and we are about to start biometric capture of all commercial vehicle operators and owners in Abia State,” he said.
Mr Nwanorue said the registration was part of a new transport policy by the administration led by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to boost economic growth in the state.
“We are giving them all 30 days to be caught because we now want to have the data of all the carriers here to allow us to identify each of them personally and by their addresses.
“We need to capture them and issue them, especially the tricycle operators, with a ‘driver’s license’ that would allow them to operate in Abia legally. This will help us deal with cases of underage runners.
“You must be 18 to get our driver’s license in Abia, and we will use the international passport, national ID number, voter card and birth certificate to issue the permits,” he said. declared.
The commissioner also said the government has restored sanity to the state by installing traffic lights at essential intersections in major cities across the state.
He also said the government is redesignating all bus stops to ensure sanity on state roads.
“We are getting a trailer park in Ihie town along the Aba-Port Harcourt highway, we are getting another one in Osisioma Ngwa.
“One will be at Aba -Ikot Ekpene Road, Ukpakiri in Ogbor-Hill, Aba, and the other will be at Ubakala, near Umuahia. This will decongest the commercial town of Aba and Umuahia, the state capital “, did he declare.
The commissioner further said that his ministry will soon launch an awareness campaign for transportation operators, especially commercial carriers, to educate and assist them with new trends in the state’s transportation sector.