May the souls of all dead road crash victims on
Nigerian roads rest in peace and at the bosom of the Almighty. Indeed, it is
sad to imagine the huge economic and psychological burden road crash bring to
families of the victims especially in a country like Nigeria where most
travelers are not covered by any appropriate or efficient insurance policy.
Certainly, it is an indisputable fact that many incidents of road crash have
been associated with PEACE Mass Transport Company and it is least surprising
that many negative views have been expressed against the Management of Peace
Mass. Indeed, the situation calls for a thorough investigation in the
operations of Peace mass to enable the company improve its accident prevention
measures especially on those that relate to human errors.
Whilst acknowledging that no preventable road
death should be allowed, it is also important to state that the Management of
Peace mass must be highly disturbed about these ugly incidents as they add no
credit to its image but only deplete its assets. However, any objective analyst
on road safety ought to know that some of these incidents are unpreventable
because of the poor conditions of Nigerian roads. More so, it is a shared blame
between drivers and passengers because at times passengers that try to caution
a driver to drive with care are even
harassed by the majority of passengers that are more interested in getting to
their destination early without due consideration to their safety.
road crashes are not peculiar to Peace mass but for its huge fleet operations
which may be about the biggest in Nigeria, so it sure takes its proportionate
share of road mishaps. This is really why when a vehicle of Peace mass gets
involved in a road crash; it appears as if all their vehicles are unsafe. In as
much as such conclusions on Peace mass are not very correct, there is great
need for the company to take apt steps to improve on its safety practices. The
recent step of installing speed limiters in over 300 vehicles in its fleet is
highly commendable but this is not enough. The peace mass drivers need proper
monitoring, observance of good rest to avoid fatigue and special driving
Given the highly beneficial
services the Peace Mass renders to millions of road users in Nigeria at
relative affordable rates and the dearth of alternative transportation
companies that wide reach, it is obvious that Peace mass has become a
necessity. Thus, the need to ensure that its management engages in safer road
use practices cannot be over emphasized.
I suggest the Management of Peace mass
conducts proper research on road crashes involving its vehicles, seek a special
partnership initiative with the Management of the FRSC that will assist it in
reorienting its drivers and modernize its operations to fit acceptable standard
practices of fleet operations. Again, Peace Mass vehicles are not crash magnets
and a ban on its operations is inappropriate as it will not solve the problem
but place additional burden on road users that have very limited options for
affordable commuting needs.
However, PEACE mass transit Management should take
immediate steps to give Nigerians REAL
peace on the roads by enhancing the safety of its passengers and vehicles
whilst offering its passengers a channel to report its defaulting drivers.
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