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New licence for convoy drivers

21 November 2013, 16:36

Abuja - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) announced the introduction of a special licence for convoy drivers.

Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Osita Chidoka made the announcement.

“We have therefore made it mandatory that henceforth every convoy driver must have the designated driver’s licence meant for those in that category of driving. We want to be sure that they are continuously monitored, and since they cannot possess two driver's licences under the new licensing system, it would be impossible for them to leave convoy driving and pick up another driver’s licence if they lose their job through reckless driving,” said Chidoka.

According to Chidoka, when he assumed office, he observed that there were different categories of convoy vehicles operating under no certain enforceable codes.

He added these were recklessness especially with the use of sirens.

He further stated that upon his conviction that the convoy drivers needed some professional training and that the governors needed to include the FRSC teams in their convoy to serve as restraint to speed violation, he approached the leadership of the then Governors’ Forum where the matter was tabled.

He said most governors incorporated FRSC into their convoy while some readily presented their convoy drivers for training.

“In fact, we have some of our men in the convoy teams of some State Governors, as we have with the Presidential convoy. And so far, we have organised training programme for about 700convoy drivers across the country. Interestingly, none of those that had participated in the training programme has been involved in a crash,” said Chidoka.

He meanwhile urged members of the public to embrace cycling as an alternative mode of transportation, especially in the urban areas.

He also called on the drivers to always give due consideration to other road users.

“FRSC is not only for the motorists, but all those that use the road; including the cyclists, motorcyclists as well as pedestrians. They all have a right to the use of the road and must be protected to do so,” he said.

– CAJ News

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