RTEAN may ban vehicles without speed limiting device from loading
Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Anambra state has threatened to ban vehicles without speed limiting device from loading at various parks in the state.
State Chairman, Comrade Joseph Nwabueze made the statement while playing host to the State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Adeoye Irelewuyi and his team.
He expressed concern over cases of over-speeding among motorists in the state, warning transporters, especially those yet to install the device in their vehicles to do so without further delay.
He said, “It’s very possible to limit speeding by motorists, it just needs extra effort on enforcement and enlightenment. Nobody wants to die, even though everyone is in a hurry because of pressure occasioned by nation’s harsh economy.
“We won’t relent in letting them know that it’s not how far or fast, but how safe. The insecurity in the country alone is enough to advice any right thinking man that loves his life of the dangers of speeding and night journey. It’s safer to travel in day time.
“I’m not sure if the speed limit is still being enforced. I will advice the structure be revisited and be made a joint effort, so it won’t be the job of FRSC alone. Let Police and Unions like ours come in.
“We may decide not to load those who don’t have it. If you are a driver and you don’t have the device, we may ban you from loading from any park. I think it’s another way of enforcement.”
Nwabueze further decried the nuisance being caused by tricycle operators in the state capital, just as he warned against obstruction of traffic at the Niger bridge occasioned by those loading at the foot of the bridge.
“Despite being banned from plying along highway, the keke operators still violate the law and even ply against traffic. Until second Niger bridge is completed, we’ll keep ensuring free flow of traffic on the old bridge, especially by those who load there putting pressure on the bridge,” he added.
Earlier, Irelewuyi assured Corps’ commitment to ensuring RTEAN carry out their daily businesses as safely as possible, just as he pleaded with the chairman to assist FRSC in sensitizing his members on dangers of over-speeding and night trips.
“As we begin our ember months campaign, we caution motorists against over-speeding and making night journeys which is the theme of our campaign. They should maintain safe speed limit and avoid night journeys.
“We’re emphasizing on speed because from our data, we observed that more than 61percent of road traffic crashes are caused by over-speeding.
“When a vehicle goes above a safe speed limit, the manner the driver is supposed to control the vehicle reduces and the tendency to lose control at the slightest obstruction.
“When you travel at night, possibility of getting help in case of breakdown or crash is reduced. People may not want to stop to assist in the event of crash which increases fatalities