FRSC warns motorists against night journey

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Friday warned travellers to avoid night journey because of ongoing rehabilitation of roads.


Mr Hyginus Umeje, the Lagos State Sector Commander of FRSC, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.


Umeje advised motorists to travel during the day for good visibility, security reasons and quick response in case of emergency.


“We have been advocating that people should not travel at night because of rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan- Sagamu Interchange and Benin-Ore Expressway by the Federal Government.


“Due to the ongoing road construction and rehabilitation across the country, it is advisable for people not to embark on night journey,’’ he said.


The sector commander said that the command had created camps on highways to take care of traffic gridlocks.


Umeje also appealed to motorists to avoid overloading, speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.


“We learnt that some passengers ask drivers to carry four passengers in a seat meant for three in order to reduce the fare; passengers should not make such suggestions,’’ he said.


According to him, patrol teams have been deployed to conduct alcohol test on drivers; any driver found wanting will be charged to court.

FRSC warns motorists against overloading

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has warned motorists against overloading, dangerous driving and speed limit violation in order to reduce road accidents during the yuletide.


The FRSC Sector Commander in Enugu State, Mr David Mendie, gave the warning in Enugu on Monday.


Mendie explained that the three traffic violations were the major causes of road traffic crashes in the country.


“Motorists should avoid overloading, speed limit violation, dangerous driving as well as phoning or texting messages on phones while on the wheel.


“They should also avoid the use of worn-out and expired tyres this season,” he said.

He stressed that overloading of vehicles could make the drivers to lose control while driving, especially when on a high speed.


According to him, overloading leads to wear and tear of vehicle; thus, making it age and look rickety very fast.


He also urged transport companies, nationwide; to guard against overloading at this yuletide as the commission would penalise any defaulter caught.


The sector commander reminded drivers that overloading of passengers and goods always attract N10, 000 fine and stressed the need for them to eschew such action.

Speed Limiting Device: FRSC Issues Citations To 21,744 Motorists

The Federal Road Safety Corps has issued citations to 21,744 commercial motorists between October 1-6, 2016 for their failure to instal speed limiting device in their vehicles.

The corps described the citations as an advisory enforcement, which did not attract any penalty or fines.

The Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, who disclosed this during an interactive media chat on Friday in Abuja, said that 1,164 vehicles had so far installed the device.

He explained that the corps was engaging in advisory enforcement on account of the prevailing economic situation in the country, noting that the FRSC is encouraging motorists to instal the speed limiting device between now and December.

“We believe that before December, we should be able to have total compliance. The essence is to bring down road traffic crashes and reduce fatalities on our roads. Use of speed limiting device is not new in Nigeria; the major oil marketers have been using it in their tankers before now,” the FRSC boss said.

He added that full enforcement of the installation of speed limiting device in inter-city commercial buses and trucks would start in January 2017.

Oyeyemi, while lauding motorists for the increasing compliance with the directive, expressed appreciation to the various transport unions for supporting the FRSC’s efforts to reduce road crash and fatalities.

The Corps Marshal said his agency would continue to sustain its advocacy and enlightenment programmes on road safety, in particularly, the installation of speed limiting device to cut crashes associated with speeding.

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Kaduna FRSC Convicts 67 Motorists For Various Offences

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said on Friday that it had secured the conviction of 67 motorists for various traffic offences in Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna metropolis.


The Legal Officer, Kaduna Sector Command, Mr Ibrahim Tanko told news men in Kaduna that the offenders were convicted by a Mobile Court on Thursday.


The official said that 16 of the offenders were convicted for tyre violation, 25 for driver licence violation, five for overloading and 13 for vehicle licence violation.


Five others, he said, were convicted for caution sign violation, two for seat belt use violation and one for dangerous driving.


The Sector Commander Mr Francis Udoma told reporters that the mobile court was set up to to enforce compliance with traffic regulations, to keep Nigerian roads safe.


Udoma said, “The corps instituted the mobile court to enforce traffic rules and ensure zero road crash, injury and death on the nation’s roads.

“Intensive special patrol and the mobile court are aimed at addressing the spate of avoidable road crashes usually high on major highways.


“The goal is to reduce unexpected death of road users due to drivers’ carelessness.


“We will continue to arrest all drivers who overload their vehicles; drivers with no licence; drivers who over speed, as well as drivers with worn out tyres.”


In a related development, FRSC Zone 1, Zonal Commander, Mr Bulus Darwang, has reintroduced regular exercise in the zone to keep marshals physically and mentally fit to effectively discharge their duties.


Darwang said that marshals must be physical fitness and mentally alert to enforce compliance to traffic regulations and ensure safety of road users.


He said the commission would maintain the monthly walking and jogging exercise tagged, “Jogging to Keep Fit” for the marshals to shed weight.

AWOOF: Motorists Get Free Fuel In Kaduna

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has dispensed fuel to motorists and motorcyclists for free in a filling station in Kaduna State.

The station, Samrada Nigeria Limited, located at Romi Junction in the state capital, was said to have a total of 19, 500 litres of fuel which it was hoarding.

The agency, led by the Zonal Controller, Usman Ndanusa, during its routine inspection of petrol stations across the state, discovered that the petrol station was also selling above the Federal Government’s approved price of 87 Naira per litre, only at night.

The Manager of the filling station however complained of not getting the product from the depot at government approved price, hence they have to adjust their retail prices.

The DPR officials also ordered another filling station along Romi Road to reverse to the 87 Naira pump price per litre, as against the 135 Naira it was selling. The owner of the filling station was fined the sum of 100,000 Naira for selling above the approved pump price.

The controller explained that the punitive measure would serve as deterrent to other hoarders. He said the agency was poised to ensure that the commodity was properly distributed among commuters.

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