Corp Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, on Wednesday in Lagos, ordered the impounding of all rickety trucks plying the roads.
Oyeyemi gave the directive while addressing newsmen at a 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 standards.
“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.
On his part, 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. “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 the incident.
“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.”