FRSC Bans Drivers Aged Under 25 from Driving Taxis, Trucks & Obtaining Commercial Drivers’ Licence

The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC has announced an approved minimum age of 25 years for obtaining a commercial driver’s licence. This may have stirred a human rights controversy as in Nigeria, a person is deemed to be an adult from the age of 18.

The Lagos State Sector Commander, FRSC, Nseobong Akpabio told the News Agency of Nigeria that the step was intended to get rid of underage drivers and sanitise the profession.

 “An underage commercial driver has no commitment and may see driving as one of those jobs that could be toyed with. Many road crashes, especially with articulated vehicles, were usually traced to motor-boy drivers, who were without experience.

“Road crash involving a commercial bus may jeopardise the existence or progress of 10 families and if it involved freight vehicle, it will affect the progress of the company. 

“Drivers are very important as they can either mar or make a person, because if there is safe arrival, goals and aims can be achieved, but in a reversed case, such goals and aims have been cut short,” he was quoted as saying.

Akpabio called on transport unions, parents, as well as passengers, to assist the commission in checking underage drivers in order to achieve the United Nation’s Decade of Action for Safer Road Users. He said that the approved minimum age of 25 years for obtaining a commercial driver’s licence would help in checking road crashes usually caused by underage drivers.


It is true that a large percentage of road crashes in Nigeria are caused by reckless driving from drivers of commercial vehicles such as buses and trucks and in such cases, the casualty rates are usually high.

What are your thoughts on this new law? Do you think reckless driving has anything to do with the age of the driver and may be more common among drivers aged below 25? Is this a good step?

23 Comments on FRSC Bans Drivers Aged Under 25 from Driving Taxis, Trucks & Obtaining Commercial Drivers’ Licence
  • R January 31, 2013 at 5:19 am

    I don’t get the rationale behind this ban.
    So, what about drivers Nader age 25 of private vehicles? Is age the only factor of accidents?
    Why not mandate rigorous training of commercial drivers instead of out rightly banning commercial drivers under age 25.
    What happens where commercial driving is that person’s livelihood?

    • AA January 31, 2013 at 8:29 am

      How do you train someone that can’t even read and write, as is the case with most commercial drivers? Training is the ideal way but this is the most realistic way for now

      • chioma February 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        yes you can train people in their local languages. Everything isnt about reading, writing or english language.
        Abi is the steering wheel a writing pad?

      • Ready February 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

        But Chioma, our traffic signs aren’t in native languages na. Not the symbols o, the words. That one nko?

  • nich January 31, 2013 at 5:23 am

    it should have been 23…………rather than 25

  • sona January 31, 2013 at 5:38 am

    I get their point but again do u want these youngsters who need to earn something to steal??? Nigerians in power shoud please learn to look at their economic situaltion before the apply some silly law.. Tommorow we will start complaining again abt d increase in armed robbery, kidnapping and even ritual killings.. The idea is to get people ffrom such line of ‘jobs’ and put them on a positive path but with this all we’ll get is the opposite oF that….

  • Ema January 31, 2013 at 5:45 am

    this is ludicrous! while 9ja is doing all this banning hope they are building factories that will provide job for all thsi people. instead of banning under 25, while not just tell them to go to a recognised driving school and present a certificate before they can get their drivers license and maybe take it a step further like the United states and make commercial drivers obtain a special license to driver commercial vehicles. by setting up professional driving school that will provide jobs for some group of people and also secure these young drivers jobs. 9gerian govt be taking one step fwd and three back pls don’t do this crime is enough as it is u don’t want to add more tnks

  • Fransour January 31, 2013 at 5:49 am

    I think it’s a stupid law. what about those old men who wake up with ogogoro for coffee?! Drink Driving by 6AM and you want to lay the blame with young drivers?! please die. All these Old men dat will be covering their thinking facilities with caps and hats. KMT.

  • Ema January 31, 2013 at 5:49 am

    typo everywhere but i hope BN gets my point and pass it across to the govt people tnks BN

  • Ginika January 31, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I get the point to be quite honest. If you get into an elderly driver’s car (public transport), they tend to drive carefully, more than a younger driver- generalising obviously- but then again it isnt as straightforward as it seems.

    • butterfly January 31, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Dear Ginika,
      I have to disagree with you. I think that’s a poor generalization of elderly drivers of commercial vehicles. Only over the holidays, I got into this cab that was driven by an elderly man, probably 70 years old, and the entire time I was scared for my life. In most developed countries, elderly people usually have to re-take driving tests, and rightfully so too. We all know that at a certain age, our reflexes, vision, and possibly even hearing aren’t as strong as they used to be.

  • pynk January 31, 2013 at 8:47 am

    i guess under 25 should switch to armed robberry

  • ms sexy January 31, 2013 at 9:28 am

    then i see people inflating their age to get the licence
    the best thing to do now is produce ur birth certificate before u are issued DL
    otherwise, well st v some 16yrs behind d wheels

  • chinwe January 31, 2013 at 10:11 am

    That law is outrageous. Age is jst a number. They should think of smtin reasonable.

  • Berry Dakara January 31, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I don’t think it’s the worst idea in the world. In fact, I believe the reasoning behind this law is to get more responsible drivers on the road. However, I would suggest something else entirely.

    Since Nigeria wants to introduce a new drivers license, or so I’ve heard, they need to ensure that this license is not easily reproduced. Give the Nigerian public 1 year to get their new licenses, which can only be gotten AFTER a proper driving test – WRITTEN AND PRACTICAL! What’s the point of writing up the driving laws if you won’t ensure that ALL drivers know what those laws are?

    I also have a plan for removing the rickety poisonous vehicles from all Nigerian roads. Somebody tell FRSC to get at me real quick.

  • koko January 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Age discrimination

  • Otunba K January 31, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Its a right ATTEMPT to check avoidable road accidents but strict training just to mention a few is needed.

  • Tiki January 31, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    This law is one-sided. I am inclined to agree that persons under 25 should not drive commercial vehicles – indeed majority of the accidents are caused by young persons who are yet to learn about speed, do not have wives and children to think about and still function under the recklessness of youth.

    However, the same can be said of old people whose eyes, hearing and reflexes are slower on account of their age. The law should also ban persons above the age of 60 or 65, whatever the retirement age is, from commercial driving.

    If you want to drive before or after that age, go and be a private/company driver!!

  • Kizito January 31, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    All those in support are oldies. Useless people provide alternative jobs not useless and meaningless laws.

  • faith February 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    This is easy naaa….they will just increase their age!,!!

  • emmanuel February 3, 2013 at 11:21 am

    age has nothing to do wt the rate accidents dat occur in dis country,this is a total discrimination of age,and it doesnt remedise the case.

  • olakunlemi February 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I hope der are provisions?

  • Jonestboy February 29, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    This new law has nothing to do the rate of accident that ate happening on the road.this new law will only increase the rate of crime in our society let them provide another solution not age issue.

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