Reacting to the recent road traffic crash on Otedola Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway where over 55 vehicles were burnt and multiple fatalities recorded, the Federal Government of Nigeria has banned importation of haulage vehicles that are 10 years old from the date of their manufacture.
The ban, which takes effect from January 2020, was one of the resolutions of the stakeholders’ forum for haulage operators organized by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha.
The stakeholders, in a communiqué, issued at the end of the meeting, directed that mandatory certification of all haulage vehicles be carried out twice in a year.
According to the communiqué, which was signed by SGF, the federal government will also work closely with the Bank of Industries (BOI) and other financial institutions towards the establishment of Fleet Acquisition Renewal Scheme for haulage operators.
The meeting also resolved that standard Speed Limiters must be installed in all haulage vehicles in Nigeria, adding that tankers without safety valves and required number plates will henceforth be disallowed from loading..
Also Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) and other relevant agencies have directed to harmonize operation safety requirements at all tank farms, while period check of haulage vehicles shall henceforth be carried out at relevant loading points.
“Payment of National Transportation Allowance (NTA) and bridging claims to tanker operators will henceforth be contingent on compliance with minimum safety standards,” the communiqué stated, adding that single operators of haulage vehicles must be duly registered with national Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and comply with RTSSS provisions.