As part of the effort to reduce rate of road crash on the nation’s highways, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that it would commence a compulsory psychiatrist test on commercial drivers before they are issued driver’s licence.
The Corps Marshall of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, made the disclosure while addressing journalists during the technical session on speed limiters with transport stakeholders in Abuja.
“Presently, we are proposing a meeting with other stakeholders to reintroduce a psychiatrist test for the commercial drivers; it is going to be compulsory before you can get your license because we need to get them to be sane,” Oyeyemi said.
The corps marshall also reiterated the corps’ commitment on compulsory use of speed limiting device by drivers in the country.
He explained that the essence of the technical committee meeting was to review what has been done so far on the introduction of speed limiter in the road sector, “look at the specification and also to bring in control measures to ensure that the members of the public are not cheated and that the correct specification as par SON standard is also implemented.”
“The composition of the committee involves the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Nigeria Society of Engineers, Automotive Council, the FRSC and Federal University of Technology Owerri. And we are fully on course on this. We need to cut down the speed on our highways because speed kills,” he said.
He pointed out that since the speed limiter is technology by implication, this would require expertise knowledge to put entailments into proper perspective.
“There is no doubt that following the introduction and earlier deliberations, coupled with sensitisation of members of the public, different grades and types of the speed limiters have been introduced to the corps by various organisations for acceptance and eventual adoption in Nigeria.
“Indeed, all over the world, different types of speed limiters are in widespread use. It is therefore in the interest of the nation that we carry out competitiveness assessment of the various speed limiter types and come out with an acceptable model that will not only serve the envisioned purpose but also durable and easily accessible by all vehicle operators,” he said.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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