Get to know the basic vehicle documents every car owner in Nigeria should have in order to avoid embarrassment.
Every car owner would have experienced some kind of harassment from uniformed officers at one time or the other. It is actually a norm in Nigeria and everyone tries their best to avoid such an embarrassing situation. In order for you not to spend your hard-earned money on bailing out your vehicle from police custody, here are some vital vehicle particulars you should have to save you this stress.
1. Driver's licence
This is the first and most important document you should have if you must be on the road. Owning a driver's licence simply means that you are qualified and physically and mentally stable to drive on Nigerian roads. You must be 18 years and above to qualify for this licence.
2. Certificate of road-worthiness
This is the document that certifies that a vehicle is roadworthy and can be driven on a Nigerian road. It is the next important document required to drive on Nigerian roads after your driver's licence, as it indicates that your vehicle has passed the necessary requirements and check to be put on the road as regards safety and all its measures.
3. Insurance certificate
This is specifically for road vehicles, like cars, motorcycles, buses, trucks etc and it protects you financially against physical damage or any bodily injury.
4. Vehicle registration
This is a document that shows that a car has been registered under Nigerian law.
5. Proof of ownership
You can get this document from the vehicle inspection office (VIO). It is proof that you are the owner of the vehicle.
6. Hackney permit
This is another document that is required to enable you to drive freely without any form of harassment on Nigerian roads.