By Patrick Egwu
The Enugu State government has introduced e-riders permit for both private and commercial motorcycles and tricycle (Keke) operators to serve as driving licence in the state.
The Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Vitus Okechi, disclosed this in Nsukka during the opening of the zonal office of the ministry, adding that the e-riders permit was in fulfillment of the state government’s promise to reduce the cost of license for commercial motorcycles and tricycle operators in the state. The commissioner represented by the Permanent Secretary, ministry of transport, Ogbonna Idike, explained that the e-riders permit will serve as driver’s licence for both private and commercial keke and motorcycles operators in the state.
He said operators of tricycles /motorcycles were expected to pay N6,000 for the e-riders permit to be renewed after three years, saying that the state government considered the request and plea of commercial motorcycle operators to ameliorate their sufferings in paying N18, 000 for driving licence.
“Operators of both commercial and private motorcycles who by September 27 fail to obtain the e-rider permit stand the risk of having his keke impounded by the state government.”
The commissioner said the riders permit has special security number for all operators of tricycle and motorcycles in the state that would help security agencies trace operators in cases of any allegation of crime and other related vices.
“The e-rider permit, approved by Enugu State Executive Council has been communicated to all security agencies in the state to avert clashes of interest over vehicle licence and e-rider permit,” he said.
In a remark, Mr. Benjamin lkah, chairman, Enugu State Association of Tricycle Riders, commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for granting the request of the association for riders permit since many of the riders cannot afford N18,000 for the driving licence.
“I have directed my members in the state to ensure they obtain the e-riders permit for N6,000 instead of N18,000 together with the security implications associated with commercial motorcyclists, keke operators, among others,” he said.