FRSC Launches Online Portal To Check Fake Licences

The days of fake licences might be coming to an end as the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has introduced an advanced web-based verification portal that would enable it detect fraudsters within minutes.

The Corp Marshall, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, who announced this during a training for officers in Abuja, underscored that the new technology enables the system to produce instantly, information such as demographics, bio-metrics and offences committed by the holder of the driver’s licence.

“More security features have been built in the system to make it impossible for the licences to be faked or obtained by proxy without undergoing bio-metric and physical capturing.

“In addition, hand held devices are being used by patrol men to provide   immediate information on the status of the licences, thereby closing on the gaps which fraudsters would have relied upon to sustain their fraudulent activities,” the FRSC boss said.

FRSC Installs Cameras In Patrol Vehicles To Check Highway Offences

FRSC, Cameras, Vehicles, HighwayThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has begun installation of mobile cameras in its operational vehicles to track traffic offenders.

The agency explained that the cameras would be used to check traffic light violators, assaults and other operational offences.

The development was announced on Wednesday by the FRSC Corp Marshall, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, at the decoration of some senior officials of the corps in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

“Already we’ve received mounted cameras from the World Bank installed already in the vehicles and we are activating this and it has a radius of 200 metres.

“So with this I believe (traffic offences), especially for these traffic light violators, assault cases and critical operational offences (would be checked). We are activating the usage of these mobile cameras in the patrol cars,” he said.

Mr Oyeyemi disclosed that the mobile cameras would be operational from February 1, 2017 stressing that more cameras would be installed in due course.

“For 2017 I think we are going to have more appropriation to install cameras in the patrol cars. Technology is improving and we need more cameras to be able to get recalcitrant offenders, especially for these traffic light violators.

“Since we have a robust database, we only need to take their numbers and get their records and we issue a citation to them, (as well as) get the magistrate for warrant of arrest and prosecute them.

“That is our focus; we need to improve on the mode of our operations in 2017,” he said.

Yuletide: FRSC Deploys 36,000 Officials To Ease Traffic

FRSC, TrafficThe Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, says the agency has deployed 36,000 regular and special marshals until January 16, 2017 to ensure smooth flow of traffic across Nigeria.

Mr Oyeyemi said the FRSC was rolling out series of intervention measures including the commencement of an aerial surveillance in collaboration with the Nigerian Air Force to monitor traffic trends and give prompt directives to boost the efficiency of their operations.

The special patrol operation with the theme “Crash The Crash” involves the participation of law enforcement agencies as well as transport unions, with support from some civil society organisations.

The Corps Marshal equally noted on Thursday that 12 ‘help areas’ had been established to ensure prompt response to safety and health issues that might affect smooth movement during the festive period.

He listed the areas to include: Osara, Kogi State, Ilesosun, Ore, Mowe in Ogun State, Giri and Agwu in Enugu and some areas along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

FRSC Withdraws Ban On Petroleum Tankers Movement

FRSC, Petroleum TankersThe Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has stepped down its directive to ban all petroleum tanker drivers from embarking on night journeys from Monday, December 19, 2016.

Corp Marshal of the FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, revealed the agency’s decision to reporters on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Oyeyemi said that the decision was taken to ease the movement of goods across Nigeria during the yuletide, as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation gave assurance of adequate supply of petroleum products during the period.

He noted that in spite of the reversal, the FRSC would ensure that tanker drivers comply with the minimum safety standards.

The corp marshal stressed that the compliance would help to prevent issues of over speeding and avoidable loss of lives.

FRSC Seeks Cooperation To Manage Lagos-Ibadan Gridlock

Lagos-Ibadan, FRSCFriday has been a day of heavy gridlock on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, owing to the ongoing reconstruction work on the road and the closure of some portions of the road.

As a result, the Federal Road Safety Corps is asking motorists and other road users to cooperate with the agency to address their plight on the road and reduce their travel time.

This is according to FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, who is in Lagos to monitor the management of the heavy traffic witnessed on the highway.

“Construction work is going on on Lagos-Ibadan express and two days ago we issued a traffic alert in respect of the partial closure of a section of the road from the Shagamu interchange coming towards Lagos.

“The essence of this is that the construction company wants to do the final asphalt overlay of the road and they need to partially close that section which is just five kilometres.

“We are moving towards the dry season, the tempo of work has increased and the construction company has asked for support from both the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the FRSC to enable them do the correct thing so that they can increase the pace of work.

“We want to appeal to the public to bear with this development because when the road is closed there will be some strain.

“Road users need to plan their journeys and with the peak period like this, what we require is understanding from road users. By next year the road will be in a better shape,” he said.

Nigeria’s Yearly Road Accident Deaths Figure Put At 6,000

road accident deaths figureThe Federal Road Safety Commission on Wednesday said Nigeria losses 6,000 of its citizens yearly to road crashes attributable to over-speeding, overloading and dangerous driving.

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the figure at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Annual Retreat for officers and men of the corps from Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states.

He condemned the decision of commercial vehicle operator to overload their vehicles, endangering the passengers’ lives.

“Enough is enough on this, there is a total war on overloading as from next week. That is one of the key issues of this retreat.

“I have briefed his excellency and the governors in the north-central, north-west and north-east and we have to do this. We are moving towards the end of the year and the government has given us the support and we are going to maximise this to make sure that we reduce the crashes.

“We have commenced the enforcement on Speed Limiting Device. As at last night, over 100,000 drivers have been given citation. There is no going back on this and we need to cut down the speed. We are losing almost 6,000 lives every year,” Mr Oyeyemi explained.

He told reporters that the device was only available to commercial vehicles, even though it would be extended to private vehicles.

According to him, 65% of crashes involve commercial vehicles, a situation that had prompted the decision to make the device only available to commercial vehicle owners.

“Let us save lives first because the total vehicular density we have is just about 12 million to a population of 173 million and a road network of about 243,000 kilometres,” he highlighted.

While Mr Oyeyemi restated the commission’s commitment to enforcing the speed Limiting Device Technology on all commercial vehicles, the Benue State Governor Mr Samuel Ortom, who is represented by his deputy, commended the initiative.

The FRSC had said that the initiative was aimed at reducing road crashes and preserving the lives of road users, but Governor Ortom also has another perspective to why accidents happen – bad roads.

He decried the bad habit of communities digging up federal highways to protest road accidents in their area.

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: FRSC Calls For Protection Of Road Users

FRSC bossThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has called for the protection of user of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway while rehabilitation works are ongoing.

Traffic situation on the road had become very intense in the midst of the ongoing construction works.

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, made the demand when he led officials of the agency on an inspection tour to see the level of work.

The FRSC boss also met with the construction companies handling the project, Julius Berger and Reynolds Construction Company to discuss ways of improving the quality of sinages to ensure the safety of motorists.

FRSC Sets New Deadline For Installation Of Speed Limit Device

FRSC boss
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has set October 1 as the new deadline for the installation of Speed Limit Device for all commercial drivers in the country.

Speaking at a meeting in Abuja, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, who explained that motorists who fail to comply with the new policy will have their cars impounded.

He said the initiative will help reduce the rate of car crashes in the country.

The Federal Government of Nigeria had earlier fixed April 2016 as the deadline for commercial vehicle owners to install speed limit devices.

FRSC To Enforce Speed Limiting Device

frsc, fairly used, expired tyresCommercial motorists who are yet to install the speed limiting device in their vehicles may have to do now as the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is set to crack down on defaulters.

This follows the suspension of the embargo on the enforcement of the device in commercial vehicles and trucks by the National Assembly.

The Corps Marshall, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, told journalists in Abuja that the federal lawmakers lifted the suspension of the programme last Thursday.

He added that a new date for the enforcement of the policy would be announced shortly.

Sultan Advises Government Officials To Use FRSC Recruited Drivers

Sa'adu Abubakar Sultan of sokoto
Sa’adu Abubakar Sultan of Sokoto believes use of well trained drivers will reduce road accidents

The sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’adu Abubakar the third, has proposed the use of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) personnel as drivers of convoys of top government officials especially governors.

He said that if his suggestion was considered, it would ensure strict adherence to road safety rules.

At the sixth annual lecture of the FRSC, the Sultan said convoy drivers of government officials were the highest defaulters of road traffic and safety rules.

“There is the need for the FRSC to tighten its enforcement to include this class of drivers,” he said.

He, however, pointed out that road accidents were not caused by high speed but by the carelessness of drivers which could arise as a result of many factors.

The lecture was set aside to look at the risk factors on Nigerian roads, challenges to road safety, assessment of work done and projections.

Giving a death toll of nearly 400,000 arising from road accidents in Nigeria since 1960, the Corps Marshall of the Commission, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, said the commission’s major challenge remained the poor usage of roads by drivers.

On the issues raised by the Sultan of Sokoto in his speech, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, said they were being addressed by a presidential directive.

Nigeria’s target is to reduce road accidents by 50 per cent in 2016 and to make Nigerian roads among the 20 safest roads globally by 2020.

Mr Lawal said the responsibility of making Nigerian roads safe must be shared across the tiers of government and the people.

Easter Celebration: FRSC Warns Motorists Against Reckless Driving

frscThe Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) is warning motorists against reckless driving, overloading and misuse of roads before, during and after the 2016 Easter celebration.

Addressing a media briefing in Abuja, the Corps Marshall, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, said that the commission has taken the necessary measures to ensure free flow of vehicles during the celebration.

Mr Boboye, who gave some safety tips, asked motorists to be careful because of the impact of the rains on the roads.

The commission has over 11,000 officers, marshals, and special marshals deployed across the country to ensure a hitch-free celebration.

FEC Receives Ocholi’s Accident Report

James OcholiThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) has received reports on the cause of the accident that claimed the lives of the Minister of State for Employment, James Ocholi, his wife and son on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway on Sunday.

Briefing the Council on their finding on Wednesday, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, said that beyond the burst tyres, the driver of the Minister sped excessively, his application of brakes was bad, there was no trye maintenance and he also didn’t use his seat belt.

Investigations also showed that the Minister’s driver’s licence was not found on the data base of the Road Safety Corps.

President Muhammadu Buhari, while paying tribute to the Minister, narrated his experience with the Minister, his contributions towards his emergence as President.

He described him as a humble chap that would be missed in the cabinet.

While the Minister of State for Niger Delta described Ocholi as a strong minded, lovely and fearless being, the Minister of Water Resources urged his colleagues to imbibe the lessons learnt from his death.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in her tribute, described Ocholi as a family man whose exit is tragic.

The Federal Government also extended sincere condolences to the people of Kogi State and prayed that the memories he left behind would always be a legacy.

The burial has tentatively been fixed for March 16, 17 and 18.