The Federal Government has endorsed the production of another drivers’ licence that will have a five-year expiry period. The Federal Road Safety Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi, who confirmed the new development at a press briefing in Lagos on Saturday, said the decision to have the five-year drivers’ licence was taken by the Joint Tax Board at its 134th meeting held recently in Kano, which was presided over by the Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler.
“The board has approved an optional validity period for driving licence of three and five years at different costs to provide more efficient an effective service delivery to its customers.”
Oyeyemi, however, added the new five-year drivers’ licence would exist side by side with the old one, as motorists will now have the option of going for either the five or the three-year licence. The driving licence had before now, expired in a three-year terminal date after which motorists were expected to renew the document.
The three-year licence will cost N6,000, while the five-year licence will go fo N10,000. The FRSC boss however added that any new applicant for any of the two driving licences would have to go through driving training in an approved school, to qualify.
Mr. Oyeyemi also cleared the air on the recent court pronouncement on the speed limiter, noting that it only declared that the corps should not fix the gadget’s price or market it but it could enforce the use of the device in commercial vehicles.
“I’ve never spoken about prices and marketing since the speed limiting device campaign started. We’re not involved in that. Ours is the enforcement of the device. We’re only concerned about what can bring down road crashes.”