Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has concluded arrangements to intensify nationwide arrest and prosecution of drivers who overload their vehicles, thereby creating traffic hazards for other road users.
In a statement signed by the Corps Public Education Officer, FRSC, Corps Marshal Imoh Etuk, and made available to journalists in Abuja recently, the corps indicated that most tanker drivers, 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.
Speaking on this development, the FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said “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 crash.
‘‘The permissible maximum weight and gross weight on the roads should not exceed 32 tons for heavy duty vehicles carrying two or more axle trailers and axle load not more than 9,600 kilograms, 9.66 tons, as stipulated in the Federal Highway Act Cap 135 and regulation 145 (1) of the National Road Traffic Regulations 2012.
“It therefore means that any trailer carrying 900 bags or 50 kilograms that is approximately 45 tons 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,” he added.
To this end, the FRSC has directed its commanding officers and patrol operatives to commence immediate nationwide clampdown on overloaded tankers, trucks and vehicles which violate the provisions of Section 122 of the National Road Traffic Regulations on lighting system as many don’t have reflectors and adequate rear light.
It would be recalled that the FRSC recently flagged-off this year’s ember month campaigns along the Onitsha axis as part of its measures to address not only the menace of tankers and trucks, but to also ensure improved road conduct among other category of vehicles and road users.