Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in a bid to reduce fatal road accidents caused by heavy-duty trucks, has placed a ban on Dangote haulage trucks and has issued a stern warning that, Dangote trucks found on the road within the hours of 7pm to 7am will be impounded.
FRSC also charged Dangote Group to ensure Professionalism of the highest standard is attained in regards to recruiting, training and the certifications of its drivers in order to minimize road crashes on the highways.
In addition to that, The Corps tasked the business group on the prompt removal of broken-down vehicles on the highways which would goa long to reduce traffic and prevent more accidents.
Bisi Kazeem, who is the Public Education Officer of the FRSC disclosed that the FRSC and Dangote Group representatives arrived at this decision at a meeting which is part of efforts to minimize road accidents on Nigeria highways.
Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi who is an FRSC Marshall reiterated the point to make training, and certification of drivers in the Dangote organization a priority.
“There is need for the company to be strict in its recruitment process for drivers; requirements such as age for both entry and retirement should be made a priority issue to avoid underage driving and maintain a fixed age for retirement,” he said
Oyeyemi urged the group to open driving schools which would be available to the public, where drivers can apply for training.
“FRSC and Dangote Group to commence a joint effort to ensure that all abandoned or broken down Dangote trucks are towed within the next 30 days commencing from 18th September to 17th October, 2019; all Dangote trucks to have at least a mini first aid box; Dangote trucks not allowed to drive from 7p.m. to 7a.m. Any of the company’s truck found around that time will be impounded at sight; foreign number plates on the company’s trucks to be replaced with Nigerian number plates before 31st December, 2019; and periodic and random driver’s eye check should be conducted for the fleet drivers,” Kazeem said.
Mr. Juan Carlos Rincom , the Head of the Dangote group delegation expressed profound gratitude to the corps has affirmed the co-operation of the group to work with the FRSC to decrease the rate of road accidents in the country.