FRSC begins implementation of JTB recommendation, hikes number plate, driver’s licence fees by 50%

Federal Government has kicked-off the full implementation of the recommendation of the Appraisal and Technical Committee of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) which had approved a major increase in fees charged for all forms of driver’s license in the country.

FRSC boss Boboye Oyeyemi

The JTB had set August 1 as start-off date for the implementation of the new fees regime for the driver’s license and number plate issuance.

By implication, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has already adjusted to the new tariff regime as Nigerian motorists now have to conform to the new policy.

Members of the JTB established by section 86 (1) of the Personal Income Tax Act cap. P8 LFN 2004, include the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service as the chairman of the board; one member from each state and representatives of the Federal Road Safety Commission; Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission; Federal Capital Territory Administration; Federal Ministry of Finance; and Federal Inland Revenue Service.

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A letter by the JTB titled ‘Implementation of the revised rates for vehicles number plates and driver’s licence in Nigeria’, dated July 30, 2021 and signed by the JTB secretary, Obomeghfe Nana-Aisha, also directed various federal and state agencies to commence implementation of the fees regime.

“You may wish to recall that at the 147th meeting of the Joint Tax Board held in Kaduna, Kaduna State on March 25, 2021, the board approved revised rates for the sale of vehicle number plates and driving licence in line with the recommendations of Appraisal and Technical Committee of the JTB.

“In the light of the foregoing, we wish to inform you that the Chairman, JTB, has approved Thursday, August 1, 2021, as the commencement date for the implementation of the new rates,” the letter read.

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Responding to the allegations of increasing the charges on number plates and drivers’ license, the FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem,  the Corps was not a revenue generating agency, and as such not behind the increase in the new rates.

Following the increase, standard number plates for private and commercial vehicles now go for N18,750 as against the old rate of N12,500.

Fancy number plate which was N80,000 is now N200,000, while motorcycle number plate is N5,000 from the N3,000 old rate.

Articulated number plates (3 plates) now attract N30,000 from the old N20,000.

Out of series number plate has also been revised to N50,000 from N40,000 while government fancy number plate is N20,000 against the former N15,000 rate.

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Driver’s licence (3 years) was raised to N10,000 from N6,000, excluding bank charges; licence for five years is N15,000 from N10,000 while motorcycle/tricycle driving licence (3 years) goes for N5,000 from N3,000 while the one for five years attracts N8,000 from N5,000.

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