Following recent fatal accidents involving trucks carrying petroleum products, the Anambra stàte government on Friday, October 31, announced the ban on movement of fuel tankers during the daytime.
The government stated that such vehicles can only move at night within the state.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Don Adinuba, the state government said such vehicles can only be allowed to move within the state from 8 p.m. to 5am.
The statement read: “Following the incessant collapse of trucks carrying petroleum products in Anambra State in recent times, including one which happened in Onitsha earlier today(Thursday), the Anambra State Government has decided to restrict the time which vehicles laden with petroleum products can move in the state.
“With effect from Saturday, November 2, 2019, such vehicles can be allowed to move within Anambra State from only 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
“The restriction is to enable agencies like the Anambra State Fire Service, the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Civil Defence, the Anambra Traffic Management Agency and indeed all other security, law enforcement and safety agencies to respond effectively and in good time to emergencies created by such accidents.”
Meanwhile, The Herald earlier reported that two fuel-laden tankers caused a fatal fire accident along the Lagos- Ibadan Expressway on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, after they collided and spilled their content.
Almost immediately after the impact, their vehicles went up in flame and quickly spread to some other cars around the scene of the accident.
In the end, two SUVs – Mercedes Benz Formatic with number plate APP 245 PS, Toyota Forerunner, and one commercial bus – Mazda bus with number plate YYY 83 YC, were burnt beyond repair.
According to a report by Punch, one of the drivers of the tankers involved was making an attempt to overtake the Commercial Mazda bus, however, his recklessness resulted in the collision. Luckily, one individual got injured out of the 11 persons directly involved in the accident