Articulated vehicles that do not meet the barest safety standards would no longer be allowed to ply tank farms and ports in Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced.
The FRSC says that the ban will come into effect from September 1.
The Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi stated this at the kickoff of “Operation Safe-To-Road” on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Monday.
On haulage operations, Oyeyemi said a policy statement from the Federal Government (FG) was forthcoming, adding that an Inter-Ministerial Committee presided over by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, had already being instituted by the Federal Government.
“The haulage operation in Nigeria has been taken care of, and this is just a start of it.
“This will go on simultaneously with sensitisation slated to hold between July and August.
“From September 1, something will happen, something very good. Very soon, we will bring sanity to haulage operation in Nigeria.
“What is this all about? It is that all these, whether wet or dry cargo vehicles, keep to the minimum safety standard. If they don’t have it, they will not be on the road.
“There will be no operation (for articulated vehicles) in the Nigerian Port Authority- the port, no operation in the tank farms except the vehicles meet these minimum safety standards,” he said.
He further explained that one of the major ways to curb fatalities on Nigerian highways was to impose these safety standards on the articulated vehicles.
“This exercise is because of the road traffic crashes that have been involving these categories of vehicles-tankers and trailers.
“These crashes have taken many lives and property on this corridor,” Oyeyemi said.
Fines of up to N250, 000, as well as jail sentences, are some of the sanctions to be meted out to offenders, he added.
Oyeyemi stated that some of the defaults the FRSC was on the look-out for were tyre violation, latching of loads, failure to put speed limiting devices, number plate violation, driver’s licences, overloading, as well as others.