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Abuja-Kaduna rail service receives 10 new coaches, two locomotives

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The Abuja-Kaduna trains service has received a boost with the arrival of 10 new coaches and two locomotives to be deployed by the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) in January.
Confirming the arrival of the coaches and locomotives on Thursday in Abuja, the Station Manager, Idu Train Station, Victor Adamu, told NAN that the new coaches and locomotives had been installed at Idu.
Adamu said that NRC would deploy them immediately after their inauguration, adding that preparations were already on for the ceremony in January.
According to him, the station expected the additional coaches and locomotives earlier, but could not receive them for logistic reasons. “I am happy to let you know that the new coaches and locomotives have arrived here in Idu and have been installed awaiting inauguration.
“One locomotive and five coaches would be installed at Rigasa Station, while another one will be here in Idu so that our teaming passengers can enjoy the convenience.
“As you know, the ability to cater for the number of passengers here every day has not been met before, but with the new coaches and locomotives we are good to go.
“What this means is that in every two hours, passengers are sure of moving to and from Kaduna from both Idu and Rigasa stations,’’ he said.
Adamu also disclosed that a total of 6,287 passengers travelled through the station and from Kaduna between Dec. 21 and Dec. 26.
He said that 3,224 passengers travelled out of Abuja, while 3,063 passengers came to the city during the period, adding that highest number of 1,422 passengers was recorded on Dec. 23.

According to him, 1,351 passengers travelled on Dec. 21, 1,325 passengers travelled on Dec. 22, 751 passengers on Dec. 24, 607 passengers on Dec. 25 and 833 passengers on Dec. 26.

Adamu said that lowest number of passengers was recorded between Dec. 24 and Dec. 26 due to the weekend and the Christmas holiday, saying that the corporation usually operated only one trip on Sundays and public holidays.

He assured that there would be excellent train services from 2018 with the arrival of the additional coaches.

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Motoring Tips: 38 FRSC Traffic Offences & Their Penalties

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If caught violating a traffic rule and you wish to wave your right to a court trial, the alternative is to pay the prescribed fine for the particular offence.

In line with our vision to engender an enlightened society with emphasis on the automotive sector, Autojosh presents a list of FRSC traffic offences together with their corresponding penalties.

  1. Traffic/Sign violation

•Penalty: N2, 000

 

  1. Road obstruction

•Penalty: N3, 000

  1. Route violation

•Penalty: N5, 000

  1. Driver’s Licence violation

•Penalty: N10, 000

  1. Dangerous driving

•Penalty: N50, 000

  1. Speed limit violation

•Penalty: N3, 000

  1. Vehicle Licence violation

•Penalty: N3, 000

  1. Driving under alcohol or drug influence

•Penalty: N5, 000

  1. Driving with worn-out tyre or without spare tyre

•Penalty: N3, 000

  1. Driving without or with shattered windscreen

•Penalty: N3, 000

  1. Overloading

•Penalty: N5, 000

  1. Driving without seatbelt

•Penalty: N2, 000

 

  1. Driving a vehicle without forged documents

 

Penalty: N20, 000

 

  1. Failure to report an accident

 

Penalty: N20, 000

 

  1. Vehicle number plate violation

 

Penalty: N3, 000

 

  1. Wrongful overtaking

 

Penalty: N3, 000

 

  1. Road marketing violation

 

Penalty: N5, 000

 

  1. Caution violation

 

Penalty: N3,000

 

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Hyundai posts strong April 2018 global sales

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Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker and No.1 Selling Korean automaker in the world, has announced its global sales results for April 2018, posting a total of 391,197 units sold, up 11.1 per cent from a year earlier.

The highest growth since December 2014 was led by strong sales of new SUV models – the all-new Santa Fe and Kona – while a recent sales rebound in the Chinese market also largely contributed to the growth.

Sales in overseas markets totaled 327,409 units, representing an increase of 12.2 per cent year-over-year. Sales increased significantly as the company’s popular subcompact SUV Kona expanded to key markets and demand remained strong in emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia and India.

Sales in the Korean market increased by 5.7 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year, recording 63,788 units sold. The all-new Santa Fe became the best-selling model in Korea for the second consecutive month, posting 11,837 units sold.

Hyundai Motor plans to maximize profitability by continuing its SUV sales momentum globally.

Monthly sales figures provided in this press release are unaudited and on a preliminary basis.

Hyundai Motor currently has overseas plants in Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S.

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Volkswagen forecasts Nigeria automobile market rebound

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Volkswagen AG expects a rebound in vehicle sales in Nigeria as the economy recovers, the head of the company’s South African operations said.

Sales in the West African nation dropped to less than 40 units last year, according to the company. Nigeria was one of several African oil exporters hit hard when crude prices crashed in 2014, but the economy is recovering as oil rebounds.

“Now that the oil price has been recovering hopefully this situation will reverse and we can assemble and see a few hundred cars in the next year or so,” Thomas Schaefer said in an interview at a conference in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

Volkswagen resumed building cars in Nigeria in 2015, it’s first factory on the continent outside South Africa. The company is set to start producing models including the Polo, Passat and Teramont at an assembly plant in Rwanda next month.

We are “expecting to start with at least 2,000 cars in 2018 alone, but I would love to get to 10,000 cars,” Schaefer said.

While VW is continuously assessing opportunities in countries like Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania for expansion, “with these new markets it is a bit of a long shot,” he said.

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