FRSC Set Date For Implementation Of Speed Limit Device In Vehicles

FRSC, Speed Limit Device, Commercial VehiclesStarting from October 1, 2016, the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), will enforce the use of the Speed Limit Device in all commercial vehicles.

To ensure no one is ignorant of the latest development, Anambra State Sector Command of the Corps has organized a one-day sensitization meeting, for both commercial and private vehicle drivers, to discuss all the issues concerning the speed limit device policy.

Speaking about the importance of the new FRSC policy, the Anambra State Sector Commander, Mr Sunday Ajayi and the Zonal Commander in charge of RS5 Benin, Assistant Corps Marshal Shehu Zaki, maintained that almost all the crashes that occur on the highways are attributed to over-speeding.

The Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Red Cross, Anambra State chapter, Professor Peter Kachi, also urged “the political class should comply with the latest policy as they are the highest offenders”.

The resource persons explained how the device works to the participants and why it is important that every driver should install it.

They further said that it would help to track vehicles, in case an emergency occurs.

The Secretary FRSC, said the enforcement will be total starting with commercial vehicle drivers before the private car owners.

Commissioner for Road, Rail and Water Transportation was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Ferdinand Obi.

He commended the state government for showing commitment to the safety of  motorists plying Anambra roads by marking all roads in the state as well as placing road signs at strategic points.

He also urged every stakeholder involved to be part of the latest effort at sanitizing the highways.

Some of the highlights of the programme, were a drama presented by Youth Corps members and medical checkups carried out on drivers.

Over-speeding has been identified as the major cause of road crashes which is said to claim an estimated one point two million lives all over the globe annually, and also causing injury on about 50 million people annually.

In Nigeria alone, reports from the FRSC say, about 10,000 deaths are recorded annually as a result of road crashes.

Over the years, however, efforts have been made to reduce the incidence of road crashes especially during the “ember” months, as it is believed that human and vehicular movements on the roads are on the increase.

FRSC Embarks On Operation Bulldozer In Anambra

frsc, Anambra, Operation BulldozerThe Anambra State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has impounded over 50 vehicles in Onitsha during the launch of a special intervention patrol tagged, Operation Bulldozer.

Speaking during the exercise which took place at the Bridge Head area of Onitsha, the Deputy Corps Marshal in-charge of Operations, Abuja, Mr. Adei Abu, said the exercise is aimed at clearing all obstacles that obstructed and impede safety on the highways.

While educating and informing road users on all they need to know about their vehicles, it also presents the latest innovations in road safety and management.

The bridge head axis of Onitsha was the most suitable location for the launch of Operation Bulldozer because it is always busy with vehicles entering Anambra from the Asaba end and many more exiting the state through the bridge.

According to Mr. Abu the federal government has procured 283 smart vehicles for patrol which has been distributed to all the states of the federation to make work easier for the corps.

From the highways, the operation bulldozer team moved to the office complex of the Onitsha Unit Command where not less than 50 vehicles impounded are kept.

The FRSC revealed that some of the major offences committed by drivers are non-possession of driving licenses, over-loading and reckless driving.

At the end of the operation, the Deputy Corps Marshal gave his overall assessment of the exercise which he said would promote drivers’ compliance with traffic rules as well as ensure that they drive with good tyres and wipers while avoiding overloading.

Anambra FRSC Holds Partnership Meeting With Special Marshal

frsc, fairly used, expired tyresAnambra State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Sunday Ajayi, has charged the volunteer special marshals in the state to device means and set up strategy towards minimizing carnage on the highway.

Mr Ajayi said this during the second quarterly meeting of the FRSC in Anambra State hosted by four unit commands comprising Igboukwu, Oraifite, Ihiala and Nteje at Igboukwu, Aguata Local Government Area of the State.

The Sector Commander recognized in a special way the contributions of the Special Marshal in the areas of public enlightenment, traffic control, and co-operation and regular attendance to duty among others.

He commended them and rewarded the various units for their numerous contributions to the success of the road safety corps in the state.

Trophies were given out to Unit 29 as the overall best in public enlightenment, Unit 2 for the best in traffic control, Unit 7 for the best patrol and Units 28 and 29 for being the best in attendance and support to the state respectively.

He gave them the responsibility to continue with the mandate of safer highways through searching out new ways and strategies to go about the duty for increased effect.

He inspected the free medical exercise also sponsored by the Special Marshal for the public and also for members to test Hepatitis B and other health conditions.

The Special Marshal were also advised to continue the partnership with the regular marshals to the point of enforcement so the state would get to the stage of zero accidents on the highways.

Some members of the Special Marshal that reacted to the issues concerning their responsibility noted that it involved sacrifice and patience while others advised motorists on what to do before using the highway.

The volunteer special marshals use their time and resources to support the campaign on road safety as well as facilitate some of the yearly programmes of the corps.

Between January to May 2016, a total of 85 crashes had been witnessed in the state. 26 fatal with 35 persons killed altogether and a total of 176 injured.

FRSC Educates Motorists On Tyre Usage In Anambra

Tyre, FRSC, AnambraThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has embarked on a one-day sensitisation programme for motorists and other stakeholders in Anambra State.

The host and Anambra State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Sunday Ajayi, said that the event was organised for the motorists to be acquainted with all the necessary information about tyres in terms of usage and when to discard them to avoid accidents and deaths on the roads.

Supervising the event, the Deputy Corps Marshal, Chidi Nwachukwu, revealed that from 2012 to present, seven to 10% of deaths recorded as a result of road crashes were attributable to tyre burst.

He advised the motorists to check the over 35 pieces of information written on the body of the tyre before purchasing one.

The Anambra State Commissioner for Rail, Water and Land Transportation, Chinwe Nwaebili, commended the corps for the sensitisation and the state government for constructing good roads while he urged motorists to use the road with caution.

In their various remarks, an official of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Edet Esan, spoke about the life span of tyres and the role of the agency in checking the sale of substandard tyres while the President of the New Tyre Dealers Association, Okechukwu Atuenyi, gave exposition on how to check the life span of a tyre.

The high point of the event was the field campaign on ‘know your tyre’ whereby motorists where guided on the exact gauge of their tyres and how to identify good tyres.

FRSC Apprehends 130 Road Offenders In Anambra

Road-Safety-Commission-overloaded-vehicleOfficials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have apprehended and prosecuted over 130 heavy duty truck drivers for sundry offences against road safety during the phase two of the FRSC ‘Operation Scorpion’ exercise in Anambra state.

The exercise led by the State Sector Commander, Mr Sunday Ajayi, targets restoration of sanity on roads in which drivers of articulated vehicles, including lorries, trailers, trucks, tankers and low-bed vehicles, are checked, to ensure their strict compliance with traffic standards in driving such big vehicles.

Mr Ajayi noted that some drivers still drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He advised transporters, especially fleet operators, to ensure that their safety management department was more effective with keeping a tab on their drivers.

The Anambra State Government has banned commercial motorcycles plying the highways and heavy duty truck supplying petroleum products in the daytime, from the beginning of August.

In reaction, some drivers commended the exercise, advising their colleagues to drive with care.

According to road safety tenets, simple obedience to traffic instructions will go a long way in avoiding road crashes and so motorists, whether drivers of articulated trucks or cars are urged to be conscious of safety, so as to live to drive another day.

NDLEA, FRSC Partner To Sanitize Parks And Highways

ndlea, efccFollowing the recent fatal crashes in Anambra state, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with the help of the state government, have commenced a joint operation on the major highways and parks in the state, to sanitize and ensure that all harmful practices that lead to accidents and loss of lives are stopped.

This decision is coming on the heels of the ban placed on sale of alcohol, illicit drugs and intoxicating substance in all motor parks in the state.

Leading the operation in Awka and Onitsha, the state Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Sule Momodu, and the Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Sunday Ajayi, sensitized drivers, road users and traders at various parks on the dangers of drunk-driving and other road indiscipline.

During the stall to stall inspection, many traders were warned against the sale of alcohol and any other intoxicating substances, as all have been placed under ban. The NDLEA Commander interrogated some of the petty traders at Amawbia and Eke Awka Parks.

The NDLEA Commander addressed the park drivers and sounded the note of warning to them as enforcement would commence immediately after the sensitization.

The Safety manager of Adam and Eve park Amawbia, Mr Chimezie Nwankwo, while commending the positive measures from the government, allayed fears of non-compliance to the rules of high way safety, as they had already stopped the sale of any hard drink at the park.

From Awka to Onitsha, the men of the FRSC began the sanitization of the highways, as motorcycles and tricycles from defaulting cyclists were confiscated.

The Sector Commander warned that whoever must use the roads in the state must comply to the rules of the Road Safety so that the lives of the people would not be endangered.

It was also discovered that some cyclists take drugs, as Indian hemp was found neatly concealed in one confiscated motorcycle whose owner fled.

Reacting to the development, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, said the state would commence enforcement of zero tolerance to motorcycle riders plying designated busy roads in the state, as well as arrest of motorcycle riders and passengers who failed to wear crash helmet from August 1.