The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has ordered the immediate clampdown on commercial vehicles and trucks without speed limiting devices, and those without valid National Driver’s License.
The directive, handed down by the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, according to a statement on Sunday by the Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, was informed by rising cases and fatalities of speed related road crashes as well as drivers operating without valid driver’s licences.
To arrest the trend, Kazeem said the Corps Marshal has directed Commanding Officers across the country to intensify special operations targeted at the offenders, adding that this is in line with the ongoing operation sanity aimed at restoring sanity to the nation’s highways.
Kazeem further stated that the Corps Marshal expressed dismay over continuing incidents of fatal crashes caused by speed violation with most of the drivers failing to install speed limiting devices in their vehicles despite repeated warnings.
This, he said, is unacceptable to the FRSC Management and decision has been taken to clampdown on such recalcitrant violators who must be subjected to the fullest sanctions provided by law to serve as deterrence for others.
Kazeem also disclosed that records of road traffic crashes across the country as collated by the Corps since the beginning of the year indicated sadly, that over 50% of such crashes were attributed to speed violations, saying the Corps Marshal is personally bitter over the unfortunate development and has accordingly directed that special operations aimed at detecting the defaulters and imposing appropriate sanctions to them be intensified immediately nationwide by Commanding Officers.
“During such special operations, all vehicles found to have violated the rules would be subjected to the fullest sanctions as provided by the law.”, he stated.
The FRSC spokesman further reveales that in the course of the special operations, drivers that are caught with fake, expired or forged driver’s licences would have their vehicles impounded to the offices until they have taken appropriate measures necessary for acquiring the licences.
He therefore warned drivers to ensure that henceforth they operate with their valid documents, especially the driver’s licence and vehicle papers to avoid having their vehicles impounded.
Naijanewsnow reports that the FRSC had in the last few years initiated the ideas of speed limiting devices in commercial vehicles after due consultation with the relevant stakeholders as a way of involuntarily controlling speeds which had been identified as the main causative factors in road traffic crashes.
Following Presidential directives on the policy, the enforcement commenced earnestly and has been on with special operations targeted at offenders. The continuing incidents of speed related crashes despite the measures and failure of the drivers to voluntarily regulate themselves has now led to the Corps efforts at restrategising on enforcement through the renewed special operations.
Consequently, Kazeem vowed that no offender would be spared as Commanding Officers have been given the mandate by the Corps Marshal to act decisively on them with renewed vigour.
“The National Headquarters of the Corps will be reviewing reports of compliance from the special operations from across the Field Commands for incremental policies on the offences,” Kazeem added.