The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, says more than N3.2 billion was lost to road crashes caused by articulated vehicles in the first quarter of the year.
Oyeyemi made the disclosure during the joint meeting of National Executive Council and State Chairmen of National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) held in Kaduna during the week.
The Corps Marshal said that no fewer than 62 road crashes involving 65 tankers were recorded in the first quarter of 2017 with several lives lost. He said the accidents were largely due to over speeding, night journeys and “use of motor boys to drive tankers.”
Oyeyemi explained that most of the crashes occurred in the night, as tanker drivers prefer to travel in the night to evade checks by road marshals.
He called on NARTO to checkmate reckless drivers by employing only responsible drivers to save their investments. Oyeyemi commended the Federal Government for establishing the Kaduna- Abuja railway line, which he said had reduced vehicle pressure on the roads.
The FRSC boss, however, warned against overloading, particularly carrying of fire wood and livestock on tankers, saying it was embarrassing to the nation.
He also commended the Federal Government for the ongoing road rehabilitation of major highways and appealed to NARTO to caution their drivers as “it is when the roads are smooth that drivers usually increase their speed.”
He said that the Corps had conducted training, and re-certified articulated vehicles drivers across designated centres nationwide.
He said that full implementation of the law on the use of speed limiters have commenced since February 1, 2017.
“We hope that commercial drivers who are yet to install the device in their vehicles would do so without delay to save the nation from avoidable menace of speed-induced crashes which account for significant percentage of fatal crash cases that have
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