Motorists in Anambra State have been notified not to acquire their vehicle papers from unauthorized licensing agents, as the State has devised a mechanism for detecting fake documents.
This call was made by Mr. Afam Mbanefo, the State Commissioner for Transport who fielded questions from journalists on the activities of the state Vehicle Inspection Officers, VIOs, department in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.
To this end, he stressed that motorists should visit VIOs or the authorized licensing offices in the state and deal directly with the officers, rather than patronize the services of a third-party.
Mr. Afam elucidated that the State had developed an instrument for discovering treated and counterfeit papers, as well as fighting lopsided activities in the environment; particularly those done in the transport sector.
Furthermore, the Commissioner said that the VIO, which is under the Ministry of Transport, should perform its duties, and made clear that the state would not spare any officer of the VIO, who is found wanting.
He also brought to fore the fact that the Civil Service had rules and regulations by which erring personnel in the service could be punished.
In terms of penalties for erring motorists, Mr. Afam noted that there were specified fines and dues for issues and offenses bordering on driving license, vehicle insurance, and vehicle roadworthiness, which offenders would pay.