The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has given March 31 deadline for the removal of all abandoned vehicles across the country.
“All other owners of abandoned vehicles are thereby expected to evacuate their vehicles before the deadline of March 31 , in order to avoid penalties”, he said.
On how to avoid breakdown of vehicles without compromising safety on the roads, Oyeyemi called on large fleet operators like `Dangote’ to ensure proper training and retraining of their drivers.
“Heavy duty vehicle drivers are expected to be professional drivers, who value lives and worth of their vehicles and goods, which should make them to be more careful on the roads.
“Having about 6,000 trucks, tankers and trailers, each costing about N60million, apart from goods, operators like Dangote are expocted to establish their own driving schools for periodic training of drivers.
“The company is also expected to have weigh bridges in their plants and other loading points so that they will not engage in Axle load violation”, he added.
Oyeyemi said large fleet operators could seek waivers and ship in their Speed Limit Device (SLD), and install them if they want, emphasizing that the policy would be fully enforced.
He noted that those measures are contained in FRSC’s guidelines for fleet operators and other road users, which is in line with UN Decade of Action, as well as ECOWAS Resolution on road safety.
Alhaji Muhammad Yakasai, Special Assistant to Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of the group said, “we will set up six evacaution teams by March 1 to meat the deadline.
“Each team will be mandated to evacuate our abandoned vehicles in each geo-political zone, and we will intensify efforts in retraining our drivers.
“We are already planning to assign a truck officer to each of our vehicle to ensure adherence to basic road safety rules in our fleet”, he said.
Yakasai commended the FRSC for organising the session and said the company would always work with the commission.
The session was also attended by the representatives of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, National Security Adviser, DSS, and principal officers of FRSC.