The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has debunked widely circulated rumours that it was permanently suspending booking of light signs violation, and lack of fire extinguishers and caution signs, as traffic offences.
The Corps made this known in a Monday, January 9 statement signed by its Head of Media and Strategy, Corps Commander Bisi Kazeem and made available to the media.
The statement said that the rumour was fuelled by a leaked internal circular signed by its Deputy Corps Marshal in charge of Operations, Ojeme Ewhrudjakpor, on behalf of the Corps Marshal directing all commands of the Corps across the country to avoid booking drivers with the aim of easing traffic during the festive period.
Kazeem affirmed that the directive was strictly for the one-month period of FRSC’s Operation Zero Tolerance for Road Crashes between December 16 and January 16 and would cease to have effect afterwards.
He said, “the suspension was temporarily done in the light of the observations by the operations department of the FRSC National Headquarters to the effect that these offences were secondary offences which should not take precedence over the primary offences especially during the operations zero when the operational focus was on ensuring free flow of traffic and avoidance of anything that could undermine it.”
The statement quoted Ewhrudjakpor as saying in a circular issued on January 9 by the FRSC that “the suspension of booking of fire extinguisher (FEV), Light Sign Violation (LSV) and Caution Sign (VSC) was for one month of operation Zero (16 December 2016 to 16 January 2017 when the focus was on free flow of traffic.”
“The suspension was therefore part of the activities and directives to Commands of the FRSC to ensure non-impediment to the free flow of traffic with the anticipated high vehicular movements,” the statement further quoted Ewhrudjakpor as saying in the circular.
Kazeem said, “Consequently, it must be further stated that the directive was in no way meant to permanently stop the FRSC patrol teams from enforcing laws on non-possession of fire extinguishers, Light and Caution signs on motorists that violate them as provided for in the FRSC Booking Sheet.”
The statement quoted Ewhrudjakpor as stating that the suspension of the booking of the offences will be lifted at the termination of the ongoing operation zero on 15 January 2017 as directed by the Corps Marshal who is the Grand Commander of the operation.
“For the avoidance of doubt, these offences are secondary offences that would be booked alongside primary infractions,” he said.