Driving in Nigeria is not just about knowing how to handle the steering and cruise a car but understand how to stay away from offending agencies in charge of road safety and travels. One of such agencies is the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) which was established in 1988 as the approved government agency with statutory responsibilities for road safety administration in Nigeria.
Many drivers on Nigerian roads usually get scared or angry when they come across FRSC officials on the highway. A number of times, such drivers are not even aware of the documents and items they ought to possess in case they are asked to provide them by the FRSC officials. Well, the FRSC has updated the list of items and documents they require from drivers stopped on the highway and you need to know what they are. This article presents the documents or items required by FRSC officials when they stop your car.
1. Driver’s licence
This is one item any driver should have. A driver’s license is an official document permitting a specific individual to operate one or more types of motorized vehicles, such as a motorcycle, car, truck, or bus on a public road.
2. Proof of ownership
This is a document that indicates the title or right to possession and use of the car by the individual/
3. Insurance certificate
It is a document used to provide information on specific insurance coverage in this case, the car being driven by the driver.
4. Certificate of roadworthiness
The document is issued after inspection by the Vehicle Inspection Office. It is a check of the vehicle to ensure that key components have not worn or deteriorated and that the vehicle is safe for normal road use.
5. Vehicle license
A vehicle licence is a document issued in respect of a particular motor vehicle and it is usually valid for one year.
6. C-caution sign
A C-Caution warning sign should be in every car. It is a type of sign which indicates a potential hazard, obstacle, or condition requiring special attention by the roadside. It must also be visible for other drivers to see even from a distance.
7. Fire extinguisher
This is a portable device that discharges a jet of water, foam, gas, or other material to extinguish a fire. The others are (especially for inter-state travel):
8. Expiry dates on tires
It is expected that the tires used in every car should be within a specified date, otherwise they will be seen as expired tires and the FRSC frowns at this.
9. Spare Tyre
Every vehicle is expected to have a spare tire.
10. Razor blade
This might be necessary for emergency situations the driver could end up in. A razor blade is required in case there is need to cut the seat belt in the event of an accident.
Likewise, in the event of highway breakdown, you will need a razor or a knife to cut off a seat belt from the rear seat to connect to another vehicle for towing. Of course, you might not have a towing rope available nearby, especially if the vehicle broke down in the middle of nowhere. That’s when you will find the razor blade as the most precious item in the vehicle and then thank the FRSC later.
The driver could require this if a challenge is encountered with the car at night.
12. First aid kit
You may never know when you’ll need a first aid kit. It is required in a car and the FRSC will definitely request for this.
A driver could get stranded in the middle of nowhere and require hydrolic to at least get the car going till it gets to a qualified mechanic.
14. Extra Fan Belt
Fan belt challenge could be encountered at any point in time and a driver could get stranded due to this. The FRSC now requires that every car should have extra fan belt just in case of unforeseen situations.