Edo: Road safety to clam down on trucks conveying passengers alongside goods


The Edo State Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has warned truck drivers to desist from conveying load and passengers together as it will commence clapping down on erring drivers.

The Edo State FRSC Sector Commander, Paul Okpe gave the warning during sensitizion of the National Union of Road Transport Worker (NURTW), Aduwawa Truck Drivers chapter on the need to stop the carrying good and passengers together.

Okpe said the sensitization was to engage the leadership of the truck drivers union on how to drive on the highway, imbibe safety culture, and stop using truck to carrying load and passengers.

“We going to go round other locations of the union in the state to also sensitize them. It is not a good practice and when accident happened, most of the passengers always died and we want to reduce accident on the road”

He added “We are happy that the drivers are keying into the exercise, assured us of their support. They have also given us good advice especially stopping the loading of passengers and good from the north.

According to him, after sensitization, the corp will commence enforcement on erring drivers, noting “with the assurance they gave us we are sure that the menace would be eradicated”.

“We are using public enlightenment and enforcement to curb this menace.This campaign launched by the Corp Marshal, Alhaji Dauda Biu is ongoing across the country” he said .

He however called on the drivers to imbibe road safety culture and refrain from carry animal and passengers as it is not a good practice

On his party Chairman NURTW Heavy Truck, Aduwawa branch Alhaji Badamasi Muhammed, commended the FRSC for the sensitization and assured them of total support.

“This issue has been worrying us but we are not government that can stop it, but now that government is interested, it is going to stop. And they should stop it from the north where they are loading good and passengers”

“So we will join the FRSC and talk to our driver to ensure that loading of goods and people together is not good and should be stopped. Last time about 50 people died when a truck conveying cow and human beings had accident” he said.

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