Nigeria has asked motorists in the Federal Capital Territory region to encode their vehicle documents ahead of the electronic encoding registration of vehicles and drivers’ licenses beginning April this year.

Under the plan, an electronic chip containing relevant information will be placed on the registration plate number of every vehicle as well as at the back of the driver’s licence.

This will allow the Directorate of Road Traffic Service’s officials to access the information on their gadgets when the vehicle is within 14m of distance from their vehicles.

Enforcement of expired vehicle documents will also be now done electronically using the system.

The technology is expected to ease traffic flow by removing the need for time-consuming manual checking as well as curb fake vehicle registration, car theft, fake vehicle number plates and drivers’ licences.