The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has stressed the need for members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to comply with presidential directives on compulsory installation of speed limit device in their vehicles.
The Acting Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dauda Biu, stated this when the NURTW President, Mr Tajudeen Baruwa, on a courtesy visit to the FRSC headquarters on Thursday in Abuja.
Biu lauded the Federal Government interventions in road rehabilitation and construction of new ones across the country.
He said there was need to caution union members against speeding to avoid road mishaps.
“The impressive rehabilitation of existing roads and construction of new ones across the country by President Muhammadu Buhari administration is a giant stride.
“However, there is need to caution union members against speeding, hence making the installation of speed limit device compulsory.
“The essence of this device is to check speed and ultimately reduce crashes across the country,” he said.
Biu said overloading of both goods and persons should be discouraged amongst union members, while owners should desist from tampering with the original design of vehicles.
This, he said, was common in buses through construction of additional seats to the detriment of safety of occupants.
“Avoid overloading of vehicles with goods and passengers. This could also lead to crashes. Tell your union members to comply with safety measures,” he said.
The Acting Corps Marshal, urged NURTW members to provide rest areas for drivers along major highways to help curb fatigue especially at night.
He cautioned members on the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and other substances, adding that use of seat belt by both front and rear passengers was compulsory.
Earlier, the NURTW President, Mr Tajudeen Baruwa, had congratulated Biu on his appointment as the Acting Corps Marshal of the FRSC.
Baruwa said the meeting was neccessary for NURTW and FRSC to set the record straight on the best way to ensure better road safety culture across the country.
He said NURTW as a critical stakeholder in road safety management always admonished its members to comply with FRSC safety rules and regulations.
He, however, said the Speed Limit Device had always been the problem faced by the union members.
“We are not financially bouyant and we are managing ourselves. We are not rich. By the time we pay for fuel, pay for dues on the road, repair our vehicles, the money left with us won’t get us anywhere.
“But we will always try our best to comply with the rules and regulations, while we also seek Federal Government support to help the transport sector in all areas.
“We will work with you and when we need help, I am sure you will also help us,” he said.