By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has stressed the need for members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to comply with presidential directives on compulsory installation of speed limit device in their vehicles.
The Acting Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dauda Biu, made the declaration on Thursday when the NURTW President, Mr Tajudeen Baruwa, came on a courtesy visit to the FRSC Headquarters in Abuja.
Biu lauded the Federal Government’s interventions in road rehabilitation and construction of new ones across the country.
He said that there was need to caution union members against excessive speeding to avoid road accidents.
“The impressive rehabilitation of existing roads and construction of new ones across the country by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is a giant stride.
“However, there is need to caution union members against speeding, hence making the installation of speed limit device compulsory.
“The essence of this device is to check speed and ultimately reduce crashes across the country,” he said.
Biu stressed that overloading of goods and passengers should be discouraged amongst NURTW members, while vehicle owners should desist from tampering with the original designs of their vehicles.
He said that such practice was common in buses through construction of additional seats, to the detriment of safety of the passengers.
“Avoid overloading of vehicles with goods and passengers; this could also lead to crashes. Tell your union members to comply with safety measures,” he said.
The acting corps marshal urged NURTW members to provide rest areas for drivers along major highways to help curb fatigue, especially at night.
Biu cautioned members on the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and other substances, adding that use of seat belt by both front and rear passengers was compulsory.
Earlier, the NURTW leader congratulated Biu on his appointment as the Acting Corps Marshal of the FRSC.
Baruwa said the meeting was necessary for NURTW and FRSC to examine the best ways of ensuring a better road safety culture across the country.
He said that NURTW, as a critical stakeholder in road safety management, always admonished its members to comply with road safety rules and regulations.
He, however, said that the acquisition of the speed limit device had been a problem facing the union members.
“We are not financially buoyant and we are managing ourselves. We are not rich. By the time we pay for fuel, pay for dues on the road, repair our vehicles, the money left with us won’t get us anywhere.
“But we will always try our best to comply with the rules and regulations, while we also seek the Federal Government’s support to help the transport sector in all areas.
“We will work with you and when we need help, I am sure you will also help us,” he said.