The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) will commence full enforcement on overloading of vehicles by drivers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Niger by Sept. 29.
The Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of FCT and Niger, Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Shehu Mohammed, said this during a stakeholders meeting on `Ember Months’ on Tuesday in Abuja.
The theme for this year’s Ember Months campaign is, ‘Avoid Speeding, Overloading and Unsafe Tyres to Arrive Alive’.
Mohammed said that aim of the meeting with the stakeholders was for the Corps to re-strategize and demonstrate its results.
He said that the meeting was also to find ways to reduce Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) during the ember months.
“The Corps is looking on how to create a safe motoring environment for all road users in FCT and Niger.”
Mohammed decried increase in the rate at which motorists overload their vehicles in the FCT and Niger especially during ember months.
“Different categories of vehicles still violate the warnings from the corps on the need to avoid overloading of vehicles,’’ he said.
According to him, we have agreed that we will start enforcement on overloading of vehicles by Sept. 29 and as regards the political campaigns coming up, we want to strategize with the union members.
“We also resolve to doing this with safety and security in mind. Some of the drivers do not listen to us when we urge them against overloading of vehicles.
“So enforcement will begin and we will arrest anyone who go against the law by overloading their vehicles,’’ he said.
The FRSC boss warned all drivers to desist from the act of overloading as this was an offence FRSC would never overlook.
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