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Police Or VIO: Who Should Check Road Worthiness Certificate?

gents,

recently, i travelled to the countryside and on my way back was accosted by our 'friends' the police. they checked all my documents and when they couldn't find any fault, they started asking for my vehicle road worthiness certificate. i then replied that my vehicle is not a commercial vehicle hence does not need a road worthiness certificate. on hearing that, they promptly stopped two private vehicles and showed me proof that they both had the certificate even though they were not commercial. i became non-plussed but not wanting to be outwitted, i smartly asked them why they were doing the work of vehicle inspection officers (vio). my question seemed to anger them and they began boasting that btw the police and vehicle inspection officers, the police has the upper hand. they also threatened to impound my car until i produced the required certificate. to cut a long story short, i had to part with 1500 before i could go free.

the question here is this: between the police and vehicle inspection officers (vio), which of them is really empowered by law to check for vehicle road worthiness certificates?

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question 2 Road.Road worthyness has to be done in all class of vehicles, it has been a mistake when it was done only on commercial vehicles back in the dyas,they started the all inclussive class 2007

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Police is jst helping VIO to collect their money. Nting dey bad oooo shabi make 1 person jst collect d money ni.

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It is a very tough question to answer. In Nigeria, all the law enforcement officers improvise their duties.

What I do is on approaching a checkpoint, I size up the officers. If they look like alcoholic troublemakers, I drop something and continue.

If not, I will blow grammar tire.

If I have nothing better to do, I chill with them. The Custom officers at 9th Mile Enugu gave me a bottle of malt and

gala one time when they pulled me pulled me over and I refused to give them N2k on trumped up charges.

I figured I was already close to Enugu all the way from Lagos, so no rush. It was around 3pm and I stayed with

them till around 5pm. I was even willing to stay with them till they close for the day. But they just gave up and had to let me go.

But if time is not on my side and I still have a long way to go...I will massage the their ego with flattery and pay a little.

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1. Is not a statutory duty of a Nigerian police to ask for Road Worthiness.

2. Road Worthiness methinks are for commercial vehicles.

Concerning your bold statement, please which part of the civilized world must i obey any order from a police man. So if he asks me to bring Air Worthiness of my car, i should obey him by bringing it, my man i tire for this your civilized world ooo.

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If you buy a factory fitted tinted glasses, kindly go to the authority and get the necessary clearance, our problem in Nigeria is we don't care to know our right, we'll go about tempting officers with bribe, same us will say our police is corrupt

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When U̶̲̥̅̊ say police ∂σηт have right to check road worthiness certificate... U̶̲̥̅̊ forget SФ soon that they αяє empowered to protect lives αη∂ property.....if ​Ūя̲̅ car is not road worthy think of ђøw many lives αη∂ property U̶̲̥̅̊ could waste.am not saying more than this think well

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Gbam. The roads are not and government police men can't do any thing about that

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You boast that you refused to show police the certificate of road worthiness for your car as he stopped you on the broad. In the civilized world, that your car must be seized instantly by that police on official check if you could not convince him or her that your car had certificate of road worthiness.

And you must answer charges in court for refusing to obey orders from superior authority. I know that Nigeria Police often subject themselves to ridicule through the way they demand bribes, but then, you were wrong to have refused to show Police the certificate of road worthiness for your car.

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I have an antidote that have been working for me once i approach those unfriendly friends on the road. I will just compose myself, only speak pure English to them, am never in a hurry mood, then if he's the most stubborn one, i will then tell him to enter my vehicle so we can drive to station and by the next morning they should sue me immediately to court, failure to do so in the next 48hrs my lawyer will then sue them.

Concerning the Road Worthiness stuff, those urchins stopped me one day and demanded for Road Worthiness, i first told him that am embarrassed by his demand, that as a Nigerian police he has no right to demand that from a private car, he stopped one vehicle and showed me that a fellow private car owner have it. I told him not all Nigerians all ignoramus. He flared up and i entered my car to zoom off, as I told him he can't be wasting my time, he threatened to shoot me if i dare him. I went to their most superior and explained everything to him in good etiquette, he phonily tried to pacify my already angered emotion asking me to just give anything i have to the junior who stopped me, I went to the junior officer and spuriously play a friend to him and then told him I have a gift for him on our friendship levels, I brought out N50 and gave to him, the guy looked me from head to toes for a million seconds and simply walked out from me, i entered my car and drove off.

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The Police can check Road Worthiness of any vehicle anywhere any time, but should have no business authorizing Certificate of Road Worthiness. In the wider developed world, the VIO is authorized to issue Certificate of Road Worthiness.

And in many of these countries, the certificate expires every twelve months. That is why you hardly hear of trailers or "Molues" failing breaks or breaking down on the roads.

But Methinks, your question was badly framed.

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You send ride and them come ask for US tax returns and Paystub you dey complain? My own na ordinary laptop and android phone I send go give my sister for Lagos via FedEx na him custom seize everything come to ask for my Tax returns and paystubs else they will not release the stuff.

I had no choice than to send them what they asked for, the funny thing is that, the laptop plus the phone were less than $2k.

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Except for the OP and some other people who may not have the requested documents, I take God beg una, if u get am, give it to them. It will cost you nothing. No go dey speak grama wit dem, our police nefa mature reach dat level. Abeg, I no wan hear cases of accidental discharge again o.

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thank you my brother for clearing that up. Its only in nigeria that someone will broke the law, and say its only the army or the scout that will arrest him

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policemen abeg make una learn una work o

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SPACE BOOKING FOR FUTURE COMMENT.

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Their chief weapon is just time wasting and not the gun, if not, person for stay there and fight for his right.

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i am as confused as you are because somethings will happen here and you will wonder if this is another planet.

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Road worthiness is required for vehicles above 5 years. One wonders though if the roads are actually vehicle-worthy.

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The law pegs the maximum age of cars to be imported into the country as good and fit to be driven on nigerian road at 10 yrs. All other cars older than 10 yrs need be certified fit and worthy to ply nigerian road and that re to be done on yearly basis.

Its a fact i ve proven times without number. I AM VERY SURE OF MY ACCERTION.

Ask the question, what is there to be certified worthy in a car almost brand new?.

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well, maybe seal should come out with his facts.

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seal,

are you saying the road worthiness certificate is only required in vehicles that are above 10 years of age? is that a fact?

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my understanding is  cars that are above the legal age are required to obtain the road worthiness permit, right or wrong i cant say.

i have it on my camry for the first time since 2005 this yr 2010 cos it over 10 yrs but not on my accord 2005 cos its less than10yrs and all policemen who dont know their job have gladly learn from me on the high way cos i travel alot.

know your right and be confident about it.

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@George-D

I had a similar experience that made me part 2grand at Abia highway enroute to Ebonyi from P.H. I gave the same reason of not being a commercial vehicle and even a brand new car bought in P.H. That didn't stop them. Rather they asked 'what if it has had an accident new or not?'. Other vehicles were also being stopped and those not complying being threatened to be taken to the police station. I had to pay to continue my journey.

On my return I promptly got one at 2grand just to have easy travel. In Naija, you can't really beat these guys, can you?

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I just really tire for them for Nija.

I think something has to be done, cos all those crazy thing aint good for business.

I provided the documents as well and they have released the document, but i was worried so that they dont use info for something else, cos i no trust those people.

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@ Fhemmmy,

The same thing happened to me last year. They said they wanted to make sure that I am not into money laundering. The good thing is that once I provided the requested documents, they released the Bill of Lading without asking for any money.

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Nigeria is a country in a confused state.

We got a call recently from NDLEA in Nigeria that they have a parcel that belongs we sent to our representative in Nigeria.

The Parcel contains the BOL and other normal papers for the rides.

Now, the NDLEA Agents wanted to see my Tax clearance in the USA for the last 5 years.

My Pay stub

And i was shocked, cos i thought that ought to be a wahala that Customs ought to worry about, I thought NDLEA are all about drugs and chemical stuff.

However, Nigeria will grow one day.

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In Nigeria, anythng goes. But by implication VIO is empowered to asked anythng about a vehicle,likewise FRSC. Police may also search to comfirm if the car isnt stolen but have no business with road worthiness. RW is to show if the vehicle is fit to ply the road and has nothing to do with security.

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