ABSTRACTMotor vehicle administration is a composite process and revolves around the management and the control of motor licensing. Vehicle licensing is the payment of a fee for the use of motor vehicles on public roads. Vehicle licensing in Nigeria began over 100 years ago starting from the colonial administration and the records then were manually kept which did not help in raising the efficiency of the general automotive services. Motor vehicle licensing system on the other hand is a phenomenon that is still estranged to the Nigerian terrains. Though many western countries e.g. the United States of America and some Asian countries have implemented online licensing in one form or the other; it is yet to gain popularity in this part of the world. The obvious merit of the online motor vehicle licensing system prompted this research project to see ways of integrating our vehicle licensing to the internet for speed, efficiency, reliability, and customer satisfaction. This work was designed to aid the framework for a client-server distributed database system for licensing and registration of automobiles in Nigeria online. The project integrated the three government agencies empowered by law for vehicle licensing and registration. The system was implemented using PHP scripting language, HTML, MySQL Server, and Macromedia Dreamweaver. >>>>GET MORE COMPUTER ENGINEERING PROJECT TOPICS AND MATERIALS<<<<
INTRODUCTIONBACKGROUND OF STUDY Traffic laws and regulations in Nigeria were inherited from the colonial administration. The first Edith is the 1920 Road Traffic Ordinance of Lagos Colony and Southern Protectorate of Nigeria which was applied to the operations of all motor vehicles until the country was demarcated into regions (Northern, Western and Eastern). Thereafter, each region was empowered to promulgate its traffic regulations. Before 1939, vehicle inspection was carried out by the Directorate of works, while Motor Licensing was supervised by the Motor Licensing office under finance. As a result of a critical issue with the colonial regiment of England during the world war, the Inspector General of Police was mandated to undertake the responsibility of vehicle inspection as well as motor licensing until the 1958 constitution of Nigeria which conferred powers on regional (state) government to create their traffic laws. On 1st January 1949, the Road Traffic Act was promulgated which is available to the Road Traffic Act Chapter 548 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (1990). It is this Act (1949) that gave birth to the Vehicle Inspection Office. Vehicle registration is the process of adding a vehicle to the motor vehicle register and issuing it with registration plates. Vehicle licensing is the payment of a fee for the use of motor vehicles on public roads. When the fee is paid, you receive a label indicating the expiry date of the license. This label must be displayed on the vehicle. In Nigeria, there are three arms of government agencies that are responsible for automobile licensing, registration, and control. They are the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the state Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO), and the state Board of Internal Revenue (BIR). The usual practice is for an owner to visit these three arms for the necessary payment, data collection, and issuance of necessary documents and materials such as plate numbers. The state board of internal revenue collects fees for new automobile licenses and registration from owners through a designated bank. They may request more documents such as custom papers, purchase receipts, or a change of ownership certificate on automobiles. Every automobile within the nation must be registered under a state and a local government before a license plate is issued. Nigerian automobile registration plates often have the state written at the top and have a group of three letters at the right-hand side, indicating the district of registration followed by their main town to aid in tracing and identifying the location. License plates serve to help law enforcement, motor vehicle authorities, and others identify a vehicle while simultaneously indicating that the registrant has paid the proper registration fee and taxes on the automobile. License plates also offer information such as the weight class, the country, state, and local government in which the vehicle is registered, use restrictions (private or commercial), and the age and engine capacity. Also, some license plates show whether the owner of the vehicle is a member of a special organization or groups such as the police force, custom, and the federal road safety commission. Moreover, proof of ownership certificates is issued to owners of automobiles on payment of certain fees by the board. Apart from other advantages, this will now replace the manual process of registering vehicles, issuing during licensing, renewing expired licenses, as well as changing of ownership of the vehicle. Since the computerized mode of operation is flexible and accurate record-keeping assured, it will give the management of the motor licensing authority enough time for planning and decision making rather than being immersed in the detail of the routing function (manual work). This is necessary since the control of any establishment alternatively lies in the hand of management. Also, the computerized operations of the licensing authority will ensure very fast retrieval of the necessary information about (e.g.) vehicle information to the police in terms of urgent need like during that of a road accident. In this research work, the interaction will be created on the computerization and implementation of motor vehicle licensing authority at the three-level organization; vehicle inspection officer, (VIO), Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the Board of Internal revenue, which are required to monitor the processes that are involved starting from the exact date of a motor vehicle is registered, licensed, renewed, etc. In the early 80s, the vehicle licensing system then was that each vehicle was licensed based on the local government issuing the licenses. For instance, a vehicle licensed from Ikorodu could bear (LAG 28 IKD) as a plate number. Later with the formation of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on February 18, 1988, many procedures were changed, the plate number format and their various slogans. Also, it was made constitutional under the motor vehicle administration as a Residual issue under the 1999 Nigerian constitution that a person seeking for vehicle licensing must first possess the National driving license. Motor vehicle administration is a composite process and revolves around the management and the control of motor licensing including driving and other related licenses which include the following matters: 1. Issuance and renewal of:
- Motor vehicle licenses
- Local driving license
- Learners permit
- Certificate of Roadworthiness of all licenses issued
- To develop software that will link by computerization all the procedures of motor vehicle licensing system in motor license authority (that is, to have a centralized system).
- To improve system performance and efficiency.
- To enhance the database for proper information and record-keeping.
- To provide reliable security access in order to avoid tampering with stored data.
- To provide a means of accessibility in case of accident and emergency.
- To enhance speedy recovery of stolen vehicles