It was gathered that the National Chairman of the Directors/Chief Road Traffic Officers of the Federation, Rev. Bayo Otuyemi, has said the Vehicle Inspection Office has the right to inspect vehicles and driving licences.
He said this in Abeokuta on Tuesday while reacting to a statement credited to the Federal Road Safety Commission Corps Marshal, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, that the VIO was not permitted to inspect vehicles and driving licences.
Boboye had made this remark on Monday during his visit to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, in Abuja.
He had said, “The statutory responsibility of the VIO does not include stopping people and asking for driving licence.”
However, Otuyemi said the VIO men were backed by law to inspect both private and commercial vehicles to ascertain their roadworthiness and to test drivers’ competence, among other duties.
He said the function fell under residual matters and was not included in either the exclusive or the concurrent legislative list of the 1999 Constitution.