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FRSC Directs Enforcement Of Safety Standards On Tankers

Posted: Jun 8, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuzor Emejor , Abuja

Worried by the rising cases of road traffic crashes involving petroleum tankers in parts of the country, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has directed strict enforcement of safety standards on petroleum tankers, while urging the operators to comply with the provisions of Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme (RTSSS).

Boboye Oyeyemi

Boboye Oyeyemi

Reacting to reports of the crashes in Onitsha, Anambra State and Iyana-ipaja in Lagos State, Oyeyemi said while the Onitsha crash which occurred on Sunday, 31st May, 2015, claimed 46 lives with 5 people sustaining various degrees of injury that of Iyana-Ipaja caused destruction of several vehicles, even though no life was lost in the incident.

He further pointed out that the two incidents threw the nation into mourning mood with enormous economic losses, adding that with the combined efforts of other stakeholders, the wreckages caused as a result of the crashes have been cleared and normalcy has returned to the areas.

A statement by his Media Assistant, Abdullahi Sani, quoted the Corps Marshal as saying that the FRSC in its efforts to avert such fatal crashes involving articulated vehicles proactively launched the Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme in 2007, which made adequate provisions for regular training and retraining of the tanker drivers as well as maintenance of vehicles by fleet operators who must have safety managers that are professionals.  Oyeyemi stressed that the scheme provided for regular safety checks by the FRSC and other relevant agencies to ensure that vehicle standards are carefully observed by fleet operators and drivers, expressing concern, however, that despite such measures, some operators fall short of the standards which compromise the safety of other road users.

“This attitude must change henceforth, as we would no longer tolerate disobedience to safety rules and regulations and would promptly punish anyone that commits offences capable of compromising safety of other road users,” he warned.