ABIA State Government has introduced auto-registration, AutoReg, for the registration of all categories of vehicles in the state.
The introduction of the computerised vehicle registration, according to the government, would help to check corruption in the Board of Internal Revenue which has affected negatively the revenue accruable to the government.
According to the Chairman of Abia State Board of Internal Revenue, BIR, Mr. Udochukwu Ogbonna, the board had also driven away touts from all its offices across the state.
Ogbonna warned members of the public not to patronise touts milling around tax offices soliciting patronage from unsuspecting motorists, saying: “Any person that does so is at his or her risk.”
He said a task force had been constituted to flush out touts in the board’s offices across the state.
According to him, “as I am talking to you, we have many fake motor licence plates we have retrieved from people who have come to renew their vehicle particulars.”
“The new system would assist to identify stolen vehicles. If a car that is registered in Abia State is stolen and taken to any of the state that has AutoReg, as the engine and chasis numbers are logged into the system, it will show that the car has been registered before.”