Removal of number plates unconstitutional, City Council
Juba City Council Legislative Assembly has cautioned the police to stop removingvehicle and motorcycle number platesfrom the streetsdescribing the action unconstitutional.
Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday, the Chairperson of Juba City Council Legislative Assembly, Michael AllajabuLadu said that no number plates should be removed unless time for registration of the old ones is reached.
He said the action by the police to remove old number plates wascausing insecurity in the city as criminals used the vehicles and motorcycles without number plates to commit crimes.
“The elimination of those number plates does not mean that they should be removed on the roads but should be removedat police stations where the registration and license is taking place,” said Allajabu.
He said when the vehicle number plates are removed and leftto move within the city, criminals could use them to cause insecurity within the city.
Last Month the Ministry of Interior ordered that all the vehicles and motorcycles bearing the old number plates like CE for former CentralEquatoria State, should be removed following the introduction of SSD series.
According to Allahjabu,the police did not consider the impact of removing the number plates and letting the vehicles move on the streets without them.
Allajabualso said that issuing of number plates by the State Authorities and Ministry of Interior wasconfusing because the constitutiongives power to both the states and the national government to issue driving licenses and number plates.
“This thing has confused us especially we in Juba City Council.They should be very clear if there is adjustment in the constitution because it is really confusing the public,” said Allajabu.
When contacted for comment, the Police Spokesperson Brig. Daniel Justine Chor said that he could not communicate since he was at the Airport where there was too much noise.
By Kidega Livingstone