‘How to harness road cargo transportation benefits’
According to the stakeholders, the cargo transport market has been impacted by the adverse effects of external forces. However, they opined that road cargo transportation has kept its leading positions in the segment.
These were the views of experts at the 2018 Haulage and Logistics Magazine Annual Conference and Exhibition in Lagos on Wednesday.
Head of Health and Safety, Total Nigeria Plc, Ajibola Alaga, said capital should be made available to upgrade key routes and nodes, which carry majority of freight volumes to assist densification, and to achieve economies of scale.
Alaga said accelerated investment is required for signalling systems, locomotive and rolling stock. Funds spent on this sector will reduce operating costs and increase performance substantially
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, said in Nigeria, the under-developed transport system has created a problem where the road has become the primary means of transporting these resources across the nation.
Oyeyemi said road haulage industry in Nigeria plays a critical role in ensuring the economic prosperity of the nation.
He said FRSC remains committed to ensuring a safe motoring environment for the seamless movement of lives and cargo in the country, adding that fleet operators should ensure the mandatory use of inflammable signs and retro-reflective tapes on all trucks to enhance visibility.
Earlier, the Managing Director of A&A Global Leasing Services, Mrs. Oluwaseye Yomi-Soleye, appealed to governments at all levels to rehabilitate roads, noting that the bad state of the roads were making longer trips and causing untold hardships.
“This is a major challenge for haulers. We will like the Federal Government to please look into this.
“We do not allow night driving in my company. As a matter of policy, all our drivers pack their vehicles once it’s 7p.m.
I think the problem of lack of training is mostly with those unprofessional haulers on the streets.
“We train our drivers regularly and do recertification. They have to go through these trainings before they can be allowed to enter the premises of our clients.
“We have standard trackers, speed limiters on all our vehicles, to ensure compliance from our drivers.
They are not to drive above 60km/ hour. Aside that, we have facilities to monitor their behaviours on the wheel.”
In his remark, the convener of the conference, Alfred Okugbeni, praised the government for taking steps to embrace intermodal transportation, adding that it was a sure way to reduce road traffic disasters.
He said: “From what we see, the government is already talking about intermodal.
In more developed environment, from the port, we use rail, and from the rail stations we use trucks, for distribution, so that is what we mean by intermodal transportation.
“The first thing is to look at the law, regarding the rail transportation in Nigeria.
I think it is in the exclusive list, something is being done in the National Assembly to address that because in a place like America, we have private companies owning rail tracks, that also helps private companies to have wagons that can be on these rail tracks.
So, instead of having a 100 trucks for example, we can have 10 wagons that pull the 100 coaches. They will do the same job. That is what is being proposed at the moment.”
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