VIO operations bill scales 2nd reading in Cross River assembly
A bill to strengthen operations of the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) has scaled second reading on the floor of the Cross River House of Assembly.
The bill tagged: ‘’Cross River State Motor Vehicle Administration Directorate Bill 2020’’ sought to facilitate the establishment of a directorate which would serve as a regulatory and enforcement body to ensure effective motor vehicle administration in the state.
Sponsor of the bill, Mr Hilary Bisong, who led the debate during plenary, expressed concerns over the presence of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on internal roads within Calabar metropolis.
Bisong, however, called on the FRSC to limit their operations to federal highways in line with their mandate.
According to Bisong, the FRSC mandate is to prevent or minimise accidents on highways and educate drivers and motorists and other members of the public on the use of highways
He further stated that if passed, the law would make the Directorate a revenue generating agency which would boost the resources of the state as well as generate employment for residents.
In their separate contributions, members noted that the bill would enhance the transportation sector, ensure standards, security and safety and also facilitate effective road maintenance within Calabar metropolis.
Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Eteng Williams, committed the bill to the House Committee on Transport and Marine Services for further legislative action with a directive to report to the house in two weeks.
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