The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has barred trucks belonging to Dangote Group from applying roads across the country from 7 pm to 7 am daily.
It was reported that the Dangote trucks will now move during the day only thanks to an agreement between the FRSC and Dangote Group.
A statement issued by the FRSC public education officer, Bisi Kazeem, on Tuesday, said the move was part of the agreements reached at a meeting between the company and the FRSC to reduce the rate of occurrence of crashes involving articulated vehicles.
Kazeem said the FRSC also tasked Dangote Group on prompt removal of broken-down vehicles from highways and the need to intensify efforts towards achieving professionalism among its drivers.
Speaking at the meeting, the FRSC marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, bemoaned the spate of crashes involving Dangote trucks and called on the group to make the training, retraining, and certification of drivers a major priority in the operation of their fleet.
His words: “There is need for the company to be strict in its recruitment process for drivers; requirements such as age for both entry and retirement should be made a priority issue to avoid underage driving and maintain a fixed age for retirement,” he said.
The FRSC marshal also urged Dangote Group to establish more driving schools and also make it open to the public so that drivers and would-be drivers can apply for training.
Oyeyemi said this will go a long way in making the highways safer for all to use.
On the other hand, Kazeem quoted the FRSC marshal to have given some ultimatums to be fulfilled by Dangote Group in order to reduce the rate of crashes involving its trucks. They are highlighted below.
“All Dangote trucks to be fully installed with Speed Limiting Device before 31 December 2019,” he said.
“Dangote [is] to provide details of any driver who commits traffic infraction to FRSC for subjection to Emotional Stability Test
“The Company [is] to provide details of any driver who runs away after a crash to FRSC for flagging on the database so as to track such drivers and prevent reissuance of NDL.
“FRSC and Dangote Group [are] to commence a joint effort to ensure that all abandoned or broken down Dangote Trucks are towed within the next 30 days commencing from 18 September to 17 October 2019.
“All Dangote Trucks [are] to have at least a mini first aid box
“Dangote Trucks [are] not allowed to drive from 7 pm to 7 am, any of the company’s truck found around that time will be impounded at sight.
“Foreign number plates on the company’s trucks [will] be replaced with Nigeria Number Plates before 31 December 2019.
“Periodic and random driver’s eye check should be conducted for the fleet drivers.”
Also speaking at the meeting, the head of the delegation, Juan Carlos Rincom, appreciated the FRSC for its “unwavering commitment to sanitizing the highways” and pledged the company’s willingness to carry out all resolutions made in the meeting.