Abuja - The Daura Unit Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) against excessive overloading of their vehicles.
The Unit Commander of the Corps, Felix Theman, issued the warning during a meeting with officials of the Union in his office as part of efforts to improve stakeholders’ cooperation and collaboration.
Theman maintained that overloading of vehicles with passengers, goods or animals was not only in violation of the FRSC Establishment Act (2007), National Road Traffic Regulations (2007) and other relevant laws in the country, but equally posed serious danger to passengers and their property.
“A situation whereby passengers are sometimes literally packaged in the boots of vehicles is just unacceptable,” said Theman.
He called on the leadership of the various transport unions to look at the issues more seriously with a view to reducing such violations among their members and called on all other transporters in the area to desist from the act.
“Overloaded vehicles have more tendency to crashes as their stability on the road is highly compromised, tyres are often overstretched, and most importantly in the event of a crash, fatality and severity of the crash is likely to be higher as available crash space in the vehicle has been occupied.”
He further stressed that overloaded vehicles significantly impaired the drivers’ ability to steer and brake correctly.
“It also causes severe wear and tear on both the vehicle and the road infrastructure including bridges and pavements.”
The commander warned that his men will commence a full campaign on all recalcitrant drivers that have refused to heed to the warning.
Union leaders pledged to ensure members heeded the directive.
– CAJ News