The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, will today begin a total clamp down on unpainted taxis operating in the capital city.
A statement released yesterday by the Public Relations officer, FCT Transportation Secretariat, Mr. Ifeanyi Ughamadu, noted that the move was a collective decision by all relevant stakeholders including the leadership of commercial vehicle operators.
“This was the decision of the Transportation Secretariat after an emergency security meeting of the management to deliberate on the recent order from the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, on the operators of unpainted and unregistered taxis to get their services registered within two weeks or face the consequences for flouting the order.”
The Director, Administration and Finance, Mr. Abdulhamid Suleiman, who is overseeing the activities of the secretariat, said the IGP’s order was in tandem with the policy of the Transportation Secretariat on the activities of illegal ‘Kabu Kabu’ operators in the Federal Capital Territory.
He recalled that the FCT Transportation Secretariat had in April 2014, given all taxi operators six months within which they are expected to register their taxis for commercial purposes with their chosen licensed operator and have their bio data captured in the transportation secretariat before they could be allowed to operate within the territory.
The secretariat, however, encouraged illegal operators of all forms of taxi services to regularise their services to avoid a situation where they would have confrontations with law enforcement agents.
The secretariat also reiterated that at the expiration of the window, any unregistered and unpainted taxi seen within the capital city would be impounded and would not be released until such an operator complies with the rules guiding taxi operations in the FCT.
The Transportation Secretariat reminded commercial drivers that the mere painting of one’s taxi to the Abuja specified taxi colour does not amount to complying with the order, as the operator must register under any of the licensed operators.

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