Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, NUPENG, have said that movement of petroleum tankers without speed limiter device or reflective tapes would be restrained from September 1 this year.
Corp Marshall and Chief Executive of the FRSC, Mr Oyeyemi Boboye, who made the pledge in Abuja at a summit of stakeholders in haulage operation in Nigeria, said that it would also collaborate with the Vehicle Inspection Office, VIO, to ensure adequate capacity development training among officers.
Boboye said that the training would enable efficiency to appropriately check vehicles for faulty parts, including tyres to reduce the frequency of deaths, accidents and damages on the highways.
Speaking, national chairman of Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, branch NUPENG, Comrade Salimon Oladiti reiterated the union’s readiness to work in partnership with stakeholders in order to attain international best standard as far as road safety was concerned.
Recalling the incidents in Onitsha and Lagos where many people died and properties worth millions of naira lost, Oladiti said that steps being taken by the FRSC in this direction would go a long way to curtail such incidence in the future.
He identified human, mechanical and condition of road errors as causes of crashes on the nation’s highways, adding that both the government and individuals concerned should do something to stem the ugly situation.
According to him, “Taking in sequence, human error results to accidents naturally, though some are preventable, others are just beyond human and nothing can be done about it.”
Oladiti said that the recent accident at Onitsha was a human error and partly mechanical, stressing that effort should be intensified to put things in order for safety of lives and properties.
Other participants, including NUPENG, NURTW and RTEAN appealed to the government to help in areas of training of tanker drivers to enable them perform well.
Stakeholders also solicited for help in putting an end to attacks on members on the roads.