Changing Vehicle's Colour without Permit Attracts 6 Months Imprisonment in Nigeria

 

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Did you know that changing the colour of your vehicle in Nigeria without permit attracts 6 months jail term? Yes, you heard me well.

Many of us own and drive vehicles without proper knowledge of road safely laws and regulations. This can be attributed to little or no awareness campaign and/or enforcement of the laws by the agency/ agencies saddled with such responsibilities. But then, ignorance of the law they say is not an excuse to an offence.

So it’s better you acquaint yourself with the knowledge of the law to avoid been caught in the arms of the law. Prevention they say is better than cure.

This is the essence of this article.

Before repainting that your car to a different colour, you need to know the law guiding change of vehicle colour.

Regulation Guiding Change of Vehicle Colour in Nigeria

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According to Part 2 section 13 of the National Road Traffic Regulation 2012:

“Where the colour of a vehicle is to be changed, the owner shall apply for approval from the Authority in Form MVA (Motor Vehicle Administration) 6 of Schedule 1 to these Regulations and unless such an application is approved, the owner of the vehicle shall be restrained from changing the color of the vehicle.

“A new vehicle licence shall be issued after payment of the fees prescribed to reflect the new colour of the vehicle and the old vehicle licence shall be withdrawn from the owner.

“Any alteration or change in the particulars of the vehicle shall be reflected in the registration book by the appropriate Authority.

“Where the colour of a vehicle is changed without due approval, the licence of such a vehicle shall become invalid and the owner of the vehicle has committed an offence under these Regulations and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N3,000 or to imprisonment for a term of 6 months or both.”

Now you know!

Be on the safe side of the law.

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