Vehicle Tinted Glasses Validly Obtained Remain Valid, IGP Says, Orders Retrieval of Unauthorised SPY Number Plates
The inspector-general of police (IGP) Usman Baba has directed all assistant inspector-general of police (AIGs) and commissioners of police (CPs) to ensure that all SPY number plates in use by unauthorised users or fitted to unauthorised vehicles are retrieved forthwith.
He also said all existing vehicle tinted glass permits that were duly issued by the Police remain valid.
He said all existing SPY number plates must be used by authorised users for the purposes and vehicles specified by law while issuance of new SPY number plates remains suspended until a new protocol that would guide its issuance and usage in the country.
He said all existing vehicle tinted glass permits that were duly issued by the Police remain valid.
He said the clarification becomes necessary following public enquiries that trail the announcement of suspension of issuance of new tinted permits during a meeting with senior police officers at the Force Headquarters, Abuja last Monday.
He said the suspension, which is a temporary measure, will remain in force pending the release of a new protocol that would regulate the issuance of tinted permits for vehicle owners and operators in the country.
The IGP noted the move is part of efforts to streamline the process of issuance and usage in line with the provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act which is explicit on conditions for the use of vehicles with tinted glasses in Nigeria.
Baba said the development is in addition to, among other things, effectively address contemporary security challenges associated with the usage of tinted glasses by criminal elements who hide under the cover of tinted vehicles to carry out their nefarious activities.
Force public relations officer, CP Frank Mba, issued a press statement on Wednesday to say all CPs in the thirty-six states of the federation and the federal capital territory must give full effect to the directives given by the IGP.
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