Lagos - Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is set to commence a clampdown on tanker operators who overload their vehicles thereby creating traffic hazards for other road users.
The erring drivers face prosecution.
FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said most drivers of tankers, especially those who convey wet cargoes such as fuel, gasoline and kerosene, are in the habit of exceeding the axle load capacity of their trucks.
“It is most disturbing to find drivers of tankers with 30 000 litres capacity, adding fire woods and other unnecessary items to highly inflammable substances with the tendency of resulting to fire outbreaks in the event of a road traffic crash,” he said.
The Corps Marshal also said the permissible maximum weight (gross weight) on the roads should not exceed 32 tonness for heavy duty vehicles carrying two or more axle trailers and axle load not more than 9.6 tonnes as stipulated in the Federal Highway Act Cap 135 and regulation 145 (1) of the National Road Traffic Regulations 2012.
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Any trailer carrying 900 bags or 50 kilograms is loaded beyond the permissible limit. In the same vein, a trailer conveying 45 000 litres of fuel will weigh about 34 tons which has also exceeded the permissible weight.
Oyeyemi has directed its Commanding Officers and patrol operatives to commence immediate nationwide clampdown on overloaded tankers, trucks and motor vehicles which violate the provisions of section 122 of the National Road Traffic Regulations on lighting system, as many did not have reflectors and adequate rear light.
“This attitude is unacceptable especially in view of the robust partnership which the Corps has built with stakeholders in the haulage and transport sector,” Oyeyemi said.
Among these stakeholders are the National Union of Road Transport (NURTW), National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Petroleum Tanker Drivers and Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
“Such partnerships aim to enthrone sanity and decorum in their activities,” Oyeyemi said.
- CAJ News