By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—A motion directing the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, to stop the collection of driver’s licence fees as it is a tax/rate to be collected by state governments in the country is expected to come up today before the Edo State House of Assembly.

Sponsors of the motion, Mr. Momoh Abdul-Razaq (Estako West II), Shaibu Philip (Estako-West II), Oghuma Johnson Egwakhide (Estako Central), among others, said the state was being denied N650 million annually from the over 100,000 drivers’ licences and vehicle plate numbers issued in the state.

According to them, the Taxes and Levies (approved list for collection) Act No 21 of 1998, Part II, expressly stated that road taxes and other taxes incidental to it shall be collected by state governments.

The sponsors of the motion said that before the advent of the FRSC, motor licence, driver licence and other incidental road taxes and rates where collected by the various regional and state governments. They added that this position was not changed by either the Taxes and Levies Act, or the Joint Tax Board.

Insisting that whereas the creation of the FRSC was to provide uniform licenses and plate numbers in the country, they lamented that the FRSC had inadverten-tly usurped the rights of the state governments to collect the revenue accruing from there.


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