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FRSC cautions dispatch riders on speeding, obey traffic rules

By Peter Usman://

The Federal Road Safety Corps has warned dispatch riders in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT to desist from excessive speeding while discharging their duty, saying such is capable of causing serious accidents and fatalities on the road.

Unit Commander, Central Business District, CBD FCT, Abuja, Assistant Commander, Imrana Ibrahim Lamba, gave the warning while speaking to our correspondent in an exclusive interview yesterday in his office at the Federal Secretariat.

He said a situation whereby some dispatch riders, who are always in a hurry to deliver, navigate their ways within vehicles on the road without minding the consequences of their action will no longer be tolerated.

Lamba revealed that the Corps have commenced serious enforcement to stem the rate of accidents caused by dispatch riders in the territory, adding that whoever among them is found violating traffic rules will be arrested.

“On the activities of dispatch riders in Abuja City, we have had series of meetings with their officials, because they are registered organisations. I have been meeting with them in their various offices and some times i invite them to my office to talk to them about what is expected of them while discharging their duty. We have been educating them on the ways they should operate, we also talked about their licences, use of helmet, how to curtail their recklessness among others.

“Secondly, we have been training them, enlighten and sensitising them, so that they will not become nuisance like other Okada riders and tricycle operators in town before they were moved out. They are seriously causing accident in the city. The record is there and we are doing something about their excesses so as to curtail the menace they are causing.” he said.

On the issue of raining season that has set in, Lamba also cautioned motorists in the FCT to put their vehicles in good condition to avoid break down on the road, thereby causing obstruction, accidents and carnages on the roads.

The Unit Commander advised the motoring public to stop indiscriminate parking along the road, saying that singular act is capable of causing accidents and carnage on the highways.

“We have been warning that parking along the roads, causing obstructions by some road users is dangerous and should be stopped. Whoever wants to park should clear off the road and park properly. We have also warned severally that motorists should avoid reckless driving, speeding and dangerous overtaking.

“More importantly, motorists should avoid driving when the rain is very heavy. If you are already on the road before the rain starts, and eventually it become heavy, find a safe place and park pending when the rain subsides before you continue your journey” he said.

He further advised motorists to shun the use of second hand tyres popularly known as “Tokunbo tyre” adding that most second hand tyres have expired long ago no matter how strong they are physically.

“During this rainy season, your wiper, lightening system such as head light, packing light, hazard light and break must be functioning to avoid disappointment” Lamba warned.

Peterideal

A journalist by profession and I have been in active practice for so many years. A graduate of Political Science from University of Abuja. Maried with four children.

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