FG orders mandatory certification of haulage vehicles
Worried by the spate of road crashes involving haulage and similar vehicles, the Federal Government has ordered their mandatory certification.
This is to be done twice in a year, while importation of haulage vehicles exceeding 10 years from the date of manufacture would be stopped from 1st January 2020.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, in a meeting with stakeholders on Monday in Abuja said the government was working closely with the Bank of Industry and other financial institutions towards the establishment of a Fleet Acquisition Renewal Scheme for haulage operators.
In a statement, Corps Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) Bisi Kazeem, said the forum was for stakeholders to draw a plan of action capable of addressing the menace.
According to him, the forum resolved that standard speed limiters should be installed on all haulage vehicles in Nigeria, while trailers without safety valves and the required number plates should be disallowed from loading.
The statement reads in part: “The Safe-To- Load programme would continue to be enforced by relevant agencies at all loading points of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
“FRSC and other relevant agencies should immediately harmonize operating safety requirements at all tank farms.
“In the same vein, periodic checks of haulage vehicles should be carried out at all relevant loading points, while payment of National Transportation Allowances (NTA) and bridging claims to tanker operators would henceforth be contingent on compliance to minimum safety standards.”