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FRSC launches 2nd phase of Operation Cobra

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The Corps Marshal of Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has flagged off the second phase of Operation Cobra, with warning to motorists to avoid assaulting FRSC Marshals on duties or risk being commuted to prison.
Oyeyemi stated this week while launching eight additional patrol vehicles and equipment as part of efforts to strengthen the capacity of the special operation.
According to him, the injection of new patrol vehicles and other operational facilities into the special operation became imperative in view of the need to strengthen the capacity of the operation to meet the peculiar traffic management demands of the FCT which serves as the nation’s capital. He noted that whatever happens in the FCT has replicating effects on other cities in the country.
The Corps Marshal recalled that the Special Squad code named, “Operation Cobra,” was launched in June this year with special focus on curtailing the incidence of Traffic light violation, use of phone while driving and route violation which became pervasive among the drivers in the FCT and accounted for most of the fatal crashes recorded in the city. He however observed that since the commencement of the operation with aggressive determination of members of the squad to restore sanity to the roads, the rate and fatalities of road traffic crashes in the FCT have gown down tremendously, assuring that the aggressiveness of the operation would be sustained throughout the festive period and beyond.
The Corps Marshal urged motorists in the FCT to always obey traffic rules and regulations to avoid arrest, saying those that violate those identified offences like traffic light violation, use of phone while driving and route violation would continue to be subjected to psychological evaluation in government hospitals to determine their health status and ability to operate vehicles.

He further disclosed that since the commencement of the special operation, a total of 8, 309 traffic violators have been apprehended, while 4,439 of them were referred to the various government hospital and facilities for necessary psychological evaluation.

“41 of the referred traffic violators tested positive to the tests carried out on them and their driver’s licences have accordingly been confiscated. Such offenders would only get their licences back after undergoing further medical procedures to prove their ability to drive again,” he stated.

Oyeyemi commended members of the special squad for displaying high level of discipline, commitment to duties and diligence in prosecuting the operations. He expressed optimism that with the additional patrol vehicles and equipment, sanity would be restored on the roads in the FCT, stressing that those that don’t want to be subjected to the medical evaluation should avoid committing the identified offences as the Corps is determined to bring the perpetrators to book.

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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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