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The Transportation Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned residents of the nation's capital that on-street parking is still in force, despite the April 17 ruling of an Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Peter Affen which suspended the Park and Pay Scheme in the territory.
The Head of Public Relations, Transportation Secretariat, FCTA, Mr. Ifeanyi Ughamadu, issued this warning yesterday, advising motorists and car owners to observe the street parking rules.
Ughamadu said the clarification became necessary following the wild jubilation that greeted the suspension of the scheme from the motorists and their expectation of care free parking regime in the City.
He stated that the suspension of the scheme has not in any way affected the long implemented on-street parking policy in Abuja.
He said: "The Transportation Secretariat wishes to remind motorists of the consequences of wrong parking on the FCT roads.
"Any vehicle that is parked on the walkways, follower, drainage covers and or blocking the free traffic movements would be towed away and the vehicle owner will pay for the cost of the removal."
"The Transportation Secretariat calls on the motorists to adhere to the FCT traffic rules so as to make the city a lively place to dwell in," he noted.
In a related development, Ughamadu called on the residents to refrain from patronising unregistered and unpainted taxis in the FCT.
This directive, he said, has become necessary following reported cases of crimes committed against innocent commuters by criminals using unpainted vehicles.
To ensure the safety of commuters in the territory, he disclosed, the Transportation Secretariat has embarked on biodata capturing of all commercial vehicle operators.
"The operator's biodata are to be captured at the Transportation Secretariat data base and the information would be made available in hard and soft copies to agencies and organisations that require such for verification of the identities of the licensed painted taxi operators that enter their premises," he revealed.
According to him, the Secretariat has given all the unregistered commercial vehicle operators up till October 1, 2014 to have their biodata captured at the Secretariat's data base or be barred from operating within the FCT.