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1,071 persons rescued from 160 crashes during 2018 Easter –FRSC

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Following the just concluded 2018 Easter special patrol which lasted from Wednesday 28 March 2018 to Tuesday 3 April 2018, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) recorded a total of 1,071 number of people rescued from a total of 160 crashes nationwide, with 1,150 people involved compared to 963 people involved in 2017.

 

The Corps revealed that there was a significant increase in the number of people rescued without injury during the 2018 Easter special patrol exercise which was given a wider coverage than previous years, when compared to the same period of Easter celebration in 2017.

 

The Corps Public Education Officer ,FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, stated that 431 people were rescued without injuries in 2017 Easter special patrol, while 543 were rescued during the 2018 Easter special patrol without injuries, which marks 26 per cent improvement from 2017 record.

 

However, he noted that the numbers of persons rescued with injuries in road traffic crashes during the 2018 Easter celebration period were 528 compared to 475 in 2017, and this marks an increase by 12 per cent.

 

In the same vein, he said that from the total number of 160 crashes, 38 were fatal crashes compared to 33 in 2017 which represents 15 per cent increase; 94 were serious crashes compared to 89 in 2017 which represents 5.6 per cent increase; and 28 were minor crashes compared to 25 in 2017 which represents 12 per cent increase.

 

He added that of the 1,150 persons involved in road traffic crashes during the 2018 Easter celebration period, 247 Vehicles were involved compared to 209 in 2017, and 79 persons lost their lives in 2018 compared to 57 in 2017. He gave the breakdown of vehicles involved in road traffic crashes across the nation as follows: 15 tanker/trailers, 42 trucks, 56 buses, 78 cars, 40 motorcycles, 8 Tricycles, 6 pickups, and 2 animals.

 

Reiterating the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, Kazeem stated that the Corps now has a wider coverage due to the establishment of more FRSC Commands, outposts, road side clinics and Zebra points who now feed in reports from different routes that were hitherto not thoroughly covered. He stressed that the increase in number of road crashes, increase in the number of persons involved, and increase in the number of persons killed is due to the reports that emanated from the new FRSC formations.

 

It will be recalled that Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi had earlier directed that the 2018 Easter special patrol to cover 39 corridors which includes but not limited to Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi; Mokwa-Birnin Yero-Zaria; Maiduguri-Biu-Numan-Jalingo-Wukari; Lafia-Langtang-Pankshin-Jos; Abuja-Lokoja-Okene; Lokoja-Auchi-Benin; Onitsha-Njaba-Owerri-Umuahia, Ibadan-Oyo-Ogbomosho; and Ibadan-Ogere-Shagamu.

 

In view of the directive of the Corps Marshal which is a move away from other years where the focus was on critical corridors, Kazeem noted that the Corps intensified its patrol operations and enlightenment campaigns by giving adequate coverage to all 39 routes across Nigeria.

 

Comparing the Corps’ records for the 2018 Easter special patrol with 2017, a total of 5,836 offenders were apprehended in 2018 compared to 7,361 in 2017; a total of 6,551 offences were recorded in 2018 compared to 8,896 in 2017; and a total of 3,085 impoundments were made compared to 3,500 in 2017.

 

The Corps also revealed that with respect to Mobile Court sittings that was spread across Nigeria during this period, a total of 337 persons were arraigned in 2018 Easter Special patrol compared to 399 persons in 2017; 318 offenders were convicted in 2018 compared to 379 in 2017; and 16 persons discharged and acquitted in 2018 compared to 17 in 2017.

 

Further to this, Kazeem disclosed that in 2018, enlightenment through Motor park rallies increased by 4.81 per cent in 2018, and Radio Programmes increased by 25.78 in 2018.

 

Kazeem noted that the positive changes in the reduction of offences and offenders, impoundments, and arraignments captured above is attributable to increase in public enlightenment, enforcement, traffic control, cooperation from stakeholders, and the fully automated process of obtaining drivers licence which ensures that motorists must be trained in driving schools before they are qualified to apply for their licences.

 

 

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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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