The controversial ‘Park and Pay’ system introduced by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration five years ago which was halted by a court judgement, is set to bounce back soon.
Following a suit challenging the legality of operation of the system in the FCT, the court had in it’s ruling stopped the FCT Administration from further collecting fees from residents for on and off the street parking within the metropolis.
However, the Senate on Thursday passed a bill seeking the establishment of road traffic and motor vehicle administration agency in the nation’s capital which by extension gives the administration a legal teeth to bite.
If signed, into law by President Muhammadu Buhari before the expiration of the eighth Senate, the proposed agency will among others, review the parking fees and enforce the parking laws in the FCT.
Also, the new bill already passed by the House of Representatives empowers the FCT administration in collaboration with the FCT Internal Revenue Service to embark on the overall enforcement of parking rules.
The bill saddled the proposed agency with the responsibilities of producing and administering vehicle and drivers’ licences in collaboration with relevant federal agencies.
As contained in the bill, the specific functions of the FCT traffic management service are, regulating road traffic management and motor vehicle administration within the FCT.
The agency would also regulate, register, revoke, license and the renew motor vehicle documents and issuance of vehicle identification number plates in the FCT.
Similarly, it will conduct roadworthiness test and issue roadworthiness certificates to all categories of vehicles for the purposes of ridding the FCT of non-road worthy vehicles.
The agency would equally be responsible for the training and testing of drivers to ensure competence for issuance of drivers licence in the FCT.