NTCF condemns incessant truck accidents on roads, seeks policy to restrict heavy-duty vehicles
The Nigeria Transportation Commissioners Forum (NTCF) has stressed the need for the restriction of heavy-duty vehicles movement during the day to reduce the upsurge in accidents reported across the country. They also condemned the incessant accidents recorded on daily basis on Nigerian roads stating that proper regulation will avert further occurrence.
This is coming on the heels of the unfortunate incident on July 26 where two people died and others left injured when a 20-feet container fell on a commercial bus at Ilasa bus stop on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway in Lagos.
NTCF in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mustapha Jika, said over the years, activities of the heavy-duty vehicles operators during the day have been unfavourable to traffic management and predictability, routinely causing fatal accidents on the highways. These are major causes of needless delays and are major safety and security risks for all road users.
Having conducted a forensic analysis of the dangers of allowing heavy-duty vehicles ply the roads during the daytime, the forum seeks the support of all enforcement agencies in restricting the activities of truck drivers to the evening/ midnight belt of the day. This, according to them, will ride on the policy papers that will permanently stop heavy-duty vehicles from plying the roads across the states during the day.
Each of the states, where not readily available, should come up with a policy statement to address this sensitive issue. This will be backed with a national policy paper that will complement the efforts of the various states and help to prosecute willful and serial offenders.
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