The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Monday that tankers and trailers without affixed retro reflective tapes will be impounded beginning from April 21 deadline set by the the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) and the Petroleum Tankers Drivers Association (PTDA).
The Corps Marshal of FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, who dropped the warning, at a joint press conference with road safety stakeholders in transportation business in Abuja, also stated that the June 1st, 2015 deadline for all commercial vehicles in Nigeria to be fitted with speed limiting device remains sacrosanct.
He warned that failure to comply with the rules would lead to arrest, prosecution and punishment.
According to him, the enforcement will enhance safety and confer competitive advantage to trucking business in Nigeria.
The FRSC boss said the corps would in the coming weeks resume the implementation of the retro reflective tapes to be affixed in tankers and trailers, which was suspended few years ago to correct the abuse associated then with the enforcement of the initiative.
He pointed out that that NUPENG-PTDA had recently set 21st April as the deadline for haulage operators to affix their tankers and trailers with the retro reflective tapes in conformity with the ECOWAS’ directive.
He noted that the ECOWAS directive has been implemented by other ECOWAS member countries within the West African sub-region.
While expressing concern about indiscriminate parking of trailers and tankers on the nation’s highways, the corps marshal urged relevant government institutions including the local government councils to make provision for lands or develop suitable parks for trailers and tankers to prevent parking at illegal points.
On enforcement of speed limiters, Oyeyemi said the corps has resolved to demonstrate its commitment to the success of the forthcoming enforcement of the law on speed limiters by allowing the stakeholders to show good example through their members’ installation of the device in their vehicles.
“So far, I am satisfied with the level of compliance by the relevant stakeholders with the innovation. This is expected to continue in earnest in the drive towards the enforcement date of 1st June this year, when all commercial vehicles are expected to be fitted with the speed limiting device, failure of which would lead to arrest, prosecution and punishment.
“As I have said repeatedly elsewhere, the June 1st enforcement date remains sacrosanct because we cannot keep changing dates of effecting this novel idea that has been discovered to be the simple antidote to the pervasive rate of crashes and fatalities in the country. Let me restate here that we find it unacceptable that Nigeria continues to witness avoidable crashes that are speed-related. For instance, our studies have shown that speed related factors alone accounted for about 50.8 percent of crashes that occurred in Nigeria last year,” he said.
Oyeyemi said no responsible government agency would sit idly to witness systematic destruction of able-bodied men and women, dying from causes it has the statutory responsibility to prevent.
His words: “That was why after exhaustive deliberations with the stakeholders, it was jointly resolved that the idea of enforcing the use of speed limiters in vehicles must be pursued with high level of aggression. When fully complied with, the speed limiter imitative would make Nigeria join other countries, including African countries like Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, where it has significantly reduced road traffic crashes. But most importantly for Nigeria, the speed limiter initiative could translate to a wholesome reduction of road traffic crashes nationwide by at least 35%.
“When the phase two of the initiative is extended to other categories of motorists, especially the private vehicle owners, road traffic crash fatality would have been brought under manageable control in Nigeria. This will certainly facilitate to a large extent the goals of the Vision 20:2020 of placing Nigerian roads within the league of the twenty safest global roads”.
Also speaking, the Deputy National Chairman of NUPENG-PTD, Mr Dayyabu Garga, who confirmed the development, said the union has imported over 15 million of the retro reflective tapes to ease the implementation.
He also warned tankers against conveying food items, saying this was hazardous to human health.
Representatives of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners (NATO), the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas – Petroleum Tankers Drivers Association (NUPENG – PTDA), among others were at the conference.