By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned fleet operators against contravening road transport safety standards.
The Acting FRSC Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, who gave the warning at the opening of the 2022 Annual Safety Managers Retreat on Thursday in Abuja, said violators would henceforth be sanctioned.
The retreat has “RTSSS Strategic Initiative for Professionalised Road Safety Management in Nigeria” as its theme.
Biu, who was represented by Assistant Corps Marshal Rindom Kumven, said that the retreat would address critical observations made by the Corps regarding the management of fleet operations.
He said that fleet operators had consistently failed to observe safety standards, thereby endangering the lives of passengers.
Biu encouraged such fleet operators to learn from their colleagues who remained compliant with the set standards.
“A lot more needs to be done, as safety is not a one-off thing but a sustained effort,’’ he added.
The acting corps marshal said that henceforth, non-compliant fleet operators would be served with pre-action notices for prosecution.
“Certification stickers shall be issued only for vehicles installed with functional speed limiting device.
“Fleet operators, who refused to allow certification teams’ access to their premises, will be prosecuted and those, who fail to meet certification standards twice, will be suspended from operation,” he said.
Biu said that safety managers were duty-bound to ensure compliance, adding that the Corps relied on them to uphold the highest level of professionalism.
Earlier, the Corps Transport Standardisation Officer, Abiodun Akinlade, said that road traffic crashes involving fleet operators, with consequent mass casualties, had yet to be effectively contained.
Akinlade said that the Corps had observed widespread violations regarding the implementation of standards, particularly non-certification of drivers and safety managers.
He said that the other violations included non-availability of competent safety managers in some companies and violation of directive on the installation of speed limiting device.
Representatives of the FCCPC, BOA, Dangote, speed limiting device vendors, public transport owners at the retreat pledged to meet road traffic safety standards.