You have just jumped a traffic signal, or sent a tweet while driving, but there is a cop ahead. You are caught, no problem. Same old story, you pay the fine, and move on. But what if there was a system in place that could detect whether you are a regular traffic offender? What if your driving licence is in danger of getting cancelled because of previous offences? FRSC, the road safety commission of Nigeria says it is now a reality.
As part of strategies to enhance its capacity on enforcement of traffic rules, The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in partnership with the United Bank for Africa (UBA), on Tuesday June 25, 2013, formally unveiled an e-ticketing platform to facilitate easy booking of motorists for road traffic offences.
According to Osita Chidoka, Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the FRSC in a press release, with the introduction of the system, the FRSC would gradually move away from the conventional method of booking traffic offenders, which he described as obsolete and time-consuming.
Though details of how this system will work are still hazy, from experience with other countries like India and South Korea, Once a cop catches a traffic offender, he can enter the driving licence number in the machine and within a fraction of a second, he will have access to the licence holder’s previous bookings. And after a certain number of traffic offences, a drivers license can be suspended. The FRSC puts the number of traffic offence points at 21, which, well, is rather harsh, comparing it to South Korea’s 121 points for the first year, 201 for the second, and 271 for the third. Understandable though, since the FRSC is rigorously working towards reducing road accidents by 50% by 2014.
Furthermore, the 60 hand-held booking e-ticketing devices and Point of Sale machines donated by UBA would enable the agency to view records of interaction, automate the penalty point system for immediate transfer to database, accelerate speed in booking offenders, promote data integrity and enhance time management.
Official FRSC blogpost here