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Saturday, February 26, 2011
Vehicles With Tint Glasses: FG Bars CJN, Ministers, Service Chiefs
Hafiz Ringim,Police IG
The Federal Government Thursday bared the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), ministers and service chiefs from using vehicles with tint glasses
Only the president, vice-president, senate president, deputy senate president, Speaker of the House of Representatives, deputy speaker and governors are henceforth allowed to use vehicles with tint glasses.
It has therefore directed the Nigeria Police to enforce the law prohibiting use of tinted vehicles on Nigerian roads.
Minister of Police Affairs, Humphrey Abah, who made the pronouncement, said with effect from Monday ,February 28, 2011, owners of tinted glass vehicles would be made to remove them by policemen on the spot, stressing that CAP M21, Motor vehicle prohibiting tinted glass Act, forbids use of heavily filmed cars.
He stated that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Road Traffic Service personnel would assist the police to enforce the law, adding that cars with factory-fitted tinted glasses are exempted from the directive.
The minister stated that only the President, his vice, governors, the Senate President, his deputy and majority leader as well as the Speaker, House of Representatives were permitted to use vehicles with tint glasses in the country.
Abah said other individuals, including judges, top military and police officers , are not allowed by law to use tinted glasses on their cars and they should therefore remove them to avoid embarrassment.
“All Commissioners of Police in all the states and the FCT are to ensure strict compliance to the law. By this announcement, all permits giving in respect of tinted glasses are hereby cancelled”, he said.
The minister further said that unauthorised use of siren will attract severe sanction as such vehicles would be confiscated, adding that owners of vehicles with foreign numbers have two weeks to register them or remove them from the road.
Also speaking, the FCT Police Commissioner, Mr. John Haruna, explained that his men had arrested and arraigned drivers of tinted cars, most of which belonged to highly placed people.
He said that the existing taskforce would be enlarged with personnel of the State Security Service, Civil Defence Corps, police and the military to enforce the ministerial directive.