Changing Your Car Color Without Permission Can Land You Jail. Police Warns

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Offenders who change their vehicle color without permit may face a N3,000 fine or six months in jail, or both, according to the police.

According to Aliyu Giwa, Assistant Force Public Relations Officer, motorists in Nigeria who resprayed their vehicles without permission face a six-month prison sentence.

Mr Giwa revealed this in a series of tweets on Wednesday, adding that vehicle owners must follow the proper procedures before repainting their vehicles or face a jail sentence.

“Where the color 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,” Mr Giwa said, citing Part 2, Section 13 of the National Road Traffic Regulation 2012.

Mr Giwa went on to say that after approval, a new driver’s license would be given to reflect the new color, and the old one would be revoked from the car owner.

According to him, any vehicle modifications must be documented by the proper authority in the registration book.

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