Lagos - Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corp Marshal,
Federal Road Safety Corps, on Wednesday in Lagos ordered the impounding of all
rickety trucks plying the nation’s roads.
Oyeyemi gave the directive while addressing newsmen at
one-day workshop on safety on the roads tagged "Safe-To-Load" for
Depot and Tank Farms owners, to ensure that all trucks meet the minimum safety
He said that full enforcement of speed limit and other
safety standards would commence Oct. 1.
"We are more committed to ensure that the minimum
safety standard is not compromised
"We have agreed that we will get to the root of the
cause of the problem," Oyeyemi said.
Mr Obafemi Olawore, Executive Secretary, Major Oil Marketers
Association of Nigeria, said that the association would co-operate with FRSC to
ensure compliance to safety standards.
Olawore said that the major marketers had their own
standards which they planned to improve by training and retraining of their
drivers on safety standards.
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"The first call message we heard is safety, if it is
not safe don't do it,’’ he said.
He expressed worry over the recent spate of accidents
involving articulated vehicles and commended FRSC for its commitment to reduce
"We will all cooperate, by checking the tyres, mirror,
oil and so many other things before loading," Olawore said.
Dr mark Anamali, Secretary, Depot Owners Association Nigeria
(SDOAN), said the association would synergise with FRSC to ensure safety and
prevent carnage on the road.
He added that the association would ensure that, before the
end of this year, only road worthy trucks ply our roads.
"We will cooperate with the FRSC before the end of the
year to phase out rickety vehicles.
"We will also make sure that only road worthy vehicles
will be allowed to work to avoid accidents.’’
Chief Remi Ogungbemi, Chairman, National Association of
Maritime Trucks, urged government to intervene to check multiple extortion by
traffic control agents.
"Due to multiple extortion, money which we should use
to maintain trucks and make them road worthy are collected by different traffic
officers," Ogungbemi said.
Mr Solomon Kilanko, National Vice-Chairman, Petroleum Tanker
Drivers, also urged the Federal government and the Lagos state government to
address truck hijacking at night in some parts of the state.
This, he said, became necessary to enable full compliance to
the state government’s directives on the movement of articulated vehicles.