The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has vowed to impose heavy sanctions on members of the Heavy Duty and Haulage Transport Association of Nigeria (HDHTAN) that violate the Highway Code.
FRSC issued the warning at a training held for members of HDHTAN in Enugu state recently.
The warning comes on the back of frequent damage caused by heavy duty vehicles on highways in the South East.
The Enugu Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr O. K. Ogbonnaya, warned that truck drivers who overspeed, as well as those who needlessly use hazard lights, would henceforth have their vehicles seized.
He said, “There are heavy penalties attached to such infractions but going forward we will insist that offenders pass through our public education before payment of the fines.
“The whole essence of this is to make our roads safer because the heavy duty vehicles now constitute nuisance for road users.”
Responding, Director of Operations of the association, Mr Victor Uchedienyi, revealed that the association had put measures in place to check the excesses of its members.
He said, “We have designated five points where members of our intelligence unit will be stationed. Each of these units will have a leader and a supervisor who will in turn report back to the operations unit.
“We have created a database of heavy duty and haulage vehicles for easy monitoring.”
In a similar vein, the association’s State Coordinator, Mr Chinedu Eche applauded the FRSC for the one-day training, stating that the move was inevitable following a spate of road crashes caused by some drivers who seemed to disregard human lives.
He said the association would do its bit to assist the FRSC.