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By Sola Shittu
Snr Correspondent, Abuja
Senate on Thursday moved to amend the Motor Vehicle (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act, with a penalty of six months imprisonment for offender or a fine of N50, 000 or both.
The Bill, which scaled first reading on Thursday, is captioned Motor Vehicle (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act Cap M21 LFN 2011 9 Amendment) Bill 2013 (SB.289).
It is deleting Section 3 of the Act and substituting it with a new Section 3, which read: “It shall be the duty of the buyer, done or importer of a motor vehicle with tinted, shaded, coloured, darkened or treated glass to make representation to the Inspector General of Police or the relevant Police Commissioner in any state of the federation for the purposes of registration of such tint, etc, within a period of 90 days of importation of such vehicle.”
Similarly, Section 3(2) makes it unlawful for any person to procure the tint, darkening or treatment of the glass of a vehicle brought into the country from foreign country without tint, darkened or treated glass.
The Amendment Bill, sponsored by Ita Enang (PDP, Akwa Ibom North East), also amended Section 4 of the Act that “any person who commits an offence under this Act shall on conviction be liable to a fine of N50,000 or to imprisonment to a term not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment”.