Nigeria: Container truck drivers killed 1,000 people in 308 accidents- FRSC

As the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) kick-starts implementation of the Minimum Safety Standard for Trucks in Nigeria today, FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has disclosed at a one-day sensitization workshop for truck drivers on the minimum safety standard for trucks at the secretariat of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners, (AMARTO) in Apapa, Lagos that over 1,000 people have so far lost their lives between December 2016 and January 2017 as a result of auto crashes caused by tanker drivers, saying that about 308 auto crashes have been recorded between December 2016 and January 2017 due to recklessness of truck and tanker drivers.
In most of the accidents, he said, the vehicles are usually written off while goods are lost. Represented by Deputy Corps Marshal, Operations, Mrs. Ojeme Ewhrudjakpor, Oyeyemi has said that the implementation of the scheme is to improve on the minimum standards already established by the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA.
He has charged truck owners to ensure compliance with the minimum standard for trucks, which includes installing speed limit devices, ensuring that containers are properly latched, proper functioning of head lights, tail lights and other parts of the trucks. He assured that engagement with operators will continue even as implementation is being carried out. Also speaking, President of Corporate Fleet Owners Association, Mrs. Folake George, assured that truck owners are ready to comply with the safety standards by FRSC and NPA. She, however, lamented the duplication of transport regulatory agencies and high cost of maintenance, which make truck owners to constantly run at a loss.  Mrs. George has also lamented that container truck owners are over-taxed compared to their contemporaries in the petroleum tanker business, which are given preferential treatments.

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