Reporter : CHUKWUBUIKE MADU
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has directed immediate clampdown on rickety vehicles plying roads in the country.
The Corps Marshal’s order was contained in a statement issued Tuesday by the Corps Public Education Officer, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, in Abuja.
According to the statement, the Zonal Commanding Officers and Sector Commanders have been given an express directive to commence a nationwide arrest, impoundment and prosecution of owners or operators of such rickety vehicles.
The statement notes that the clampdown is an integral part of the strategic efforts of the Corps to further reduce road traffic crashes across the country in 2021.
It also states that the clampdown forms part of the Corps’ commitment towards enhancing the tempo of its operational activities and create a safer motoring environment in the country, premised on the realisation of its 2021 strategic goals of reducing road traffic crashes by 15% and fatalities by 20%.
It further enjoined motorists to ensure regular maintenance of their vehicles in view of inherent traffic hazards associated with abandoned broken down vehicles, especially at night.
The statement adds that severe punishment awaits anyone apprehended in the act, including impoundment of the vehicle, payment of fines and compulsory road safety education.