Oyeyemi Cautions Truck Drivers Against Use of Extra Lights

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has cautioned truck drivers against use of extra lights in their vehicles, admonishing them to adhere strictly to minimum safety standards for safety on the nation’s highways. He gave the admonition on Monday in his goodwill address at the National Executive Committee/State Chairmen Joint meeting of the Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) for first and second quarters 2018 held in Abuja.
Oyeyemi described the meeting as an opportunity for members to share information, interact with one another and ensure capacity development of members on matters of safety and security of articulated drivers and vehicles. “The meeting also provides a veritable platform for members to reflect over the challenges of road safety in the last one year and especially in the first quarter of this year, in order to proffer appropriate recommendations on how to address safety and security challenges faced within the period,” he stated
He commended the National President of NARTO, Alhaji Kassim Ibrahim Bataiya and members of his Executive for the commitment they have shown in matters of road safety, especially for supporting the campaign on use of speed limiters in the country. The Corps Marshal further stressed that as owners of most of the articulated vehicles in the country, NARTO plays an important role in the campaign for safety of haulage operations through driver training and regular maintenance of vehicles. He gave assurances that FRSC will continue to collaborate with NARTO leadership in ensuring safety of the drivers, the vehicles and road users
The FRSC Boss implored the Executive of the Association to take issues of driver training and retraining as well as adherence to minimum safety standards by truck operators very seriously, saying the Corps is concerned with the escalation of cases of road traffic crashes involving articulated vehicles across the country. The Corps Marshal however expressed optimism that with the level of road construction and rehabilitation going on across the country, the desire for good roads will soon be met, and called on the drivers to use such roads with safety consciousness and spirit of appreciation.
He particularly called on participants to use the meeting to deliberate on how to tackle the various challenges identified in haulage operations in the country and discuss ways to put machinery in place to address the growing rate of road traffic crashes involving tankers and trucks in the country, assuring that FRSC will continue to evolve measures that could address the challenges.
In his welcome address, the National President of NARTO, Alhaji Kassim Ibrahim Bataiya commended the Corps Marshal for demonstrating leadership qualities in the management of FRSC, saying the partnership between the Corps and NARTO has been growing stronger under his leadership. He pledged the support of his Executive to road safety policies of the FRSC in the collective commitment to ensuring safer road environment in the country.
The NARTO President called on drivers to embrace the various policies of the Federal Government on the economy, safety and security of the country, stressing that with developments in science and technology, truck drivers must embrace training and retraining programmes to update their knowledge in of modern driving techniques for them to remain relevant in the profession.
The Joint meeting of National Executive and State Chairmen of NARTO which was held at Links Hotel Abuja was attended by members of the National Executive Committee and state chapter Chairmen from the 36 states of the Federation including the FCT.

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