By Ahmed Rahma
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has declared that the corps will embark on aggressive enforcement of traffic regulations in 2021 and beyond.
This was stated by the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, via a statement issued by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Bisi Kazeem on Sunday.
The FRSC chief disclosed that this move was sequel to the mass return movements of road users from the end of the year activities, coupled with the review of the operational activities by the FRSC, as part of the end of year special patrol into 2021.
He noted that the agency had identified three major traffic offences which the personnel must enforce sporadically and which motorists must guide against in the new year.
The Corps Marshal listed the three identified offences as overspeeding, overloading and non-adherence to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols, both in vehicle and at the motor parks.
According to him, the identified traffic offences were the outcome of the review of crashes and fatality rates recorded during the Christmas and new year operational activities by the Corps.
He added that the FRSC would remain unrelenting in its commitment to achieving the goals of the ‘Safer Road Environments’ in the new year and beyond.
Mr Oyeyemi further explained that the identified offences would form part of the core areas that the FRSC patrol teams would beam their operational searchlights in the new year.
He said overspeeding played a central role in most of the fatal crashes recorded during the festive periods, adding that enforcement of speed limiting devices would not be compromised in the new year.
Mr Oyeyemi pointed out that overloading of vehicles with goods and passengers would not be accepted by the corps as well as non-adherence to the COVID-19 protocols in terms of social distancing.
“The corps is worried that with the threats of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and across the world, everyone must be made to adhere strictly to the guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force (PTF).
“Everyone should obey all the traffic rules and regulations in the interest of our collective safety and public health,” he said.
The FRSC boss warned motorists to desist from all traffic violations that could endanger their lives and those of other road users.
Mr Oyeyemi, who added that FRSC was impressed with the orderly conduct of some of the drivers in the new year operations, urged them to sustain the good driving habits for the safety and security of all road users and members of the public.
He reassured members of the public that the FRSC would remain vigilant on the nation’s highways, as travellers were returning to their homes after the Christmas and new year celebrations and also urged motorists to show consideration for one another while using the road, and wished all Nigerians safety and a prosperous new year.
Lagos to Prosecute Truck Driver, One Other Over Attack on VIS Officials
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A truck driver and one other suspect would be prosecuted by the Lagos State government for allegedly attacking operatives of the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS).
The VIS officials were reportedly beaten by a mob on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, along Airport Road in Oshodi, resulting in two of the operatives receiving treatment at the hospital.
According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Frederic Oladeinde, the government officials were attempting to apprehend the truck driver for allegedly violating the traffic law of the state when the mob descended on them, using various weapons to attack them.
Mr Oladeinde, who frowned at the development, promised that the Lagos State government will take decisive action against the perpetrators of the act.
He said the truck driver and one of the attackers have been apprehended and would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, stressing that others who are still at large will soon be brought to book.
Mr Oladeinde decried the frequent attacks on the enforcement teams of the state government by citizens, warning that those caught in the act will continue to face the full wrath of the Law.
Also speaking on the incident, the Director, Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service, Mr Akin-George Fashola, urged members of the public to always channel their grievances against government officials to the appropriate authorities for necessary action instead of taking laws into their hands through unwarranted attacks.
“As we say in the transport sector, safety implementation without enforcement is mere entertainment. The role of the VIS is to ensure sanity on our roads for the safety of lives and property and if in the cause of this onerous assignment, you feel hard done by our officials, the last thing you want to do is to resort to self-help which is against the law. Endeavour to channel your grievances through the appropriate channel,” Mr Fashola advised.
GoMetro Raises $1m to Expand to UK, American Markets
By Adedapo Adesanya
South African logistics startup, GoMetro, has secured a $1 million (ZAR16.3 million) seed extension round to accelerate its growth, bolster its commercial team and rapidly expand into the UK and American markets.
The funds were received from Kalon Venture Partners, Hlayisani Capital, Tritech Global, 4Decades Capital, and E Squared Investments and would be used for key hires and investment in its innovative tech platform, product engineering and development.
GoMetro is a mobility management platform that enables public transport and logistics operators to boost operational efficiency, futureproof their services, and tighten their competitiveness.
The solution improves the operations of hundreds of fleets around the world by providing the building blocks for the rapid development of mobility applications.
Speaking on this, CEO of GoMetro, Mr Justin Coetzee said, “By using our mobility management platform and digitising their entire fleet, operators can save up to 30 per cent in operating costs by increasing overall vehicle utilisation, controlling excess mileage and managing back-office costs.
“We have also seen our customers increase the certainty and accuracy of their delivery windows by 50 per cent.”
On his part, Kalon Venture Partners CEO, Mr Clive Butkow said he was excited to be an investor in a business that continued to scale locally and globally.
“Kalon’s investment was motivated by the exceptional GoMetro team, as well as the innovative digitization of transport operations to better manage mobility.
“The GoMetro fleet works with logistics providers’ existing investment in telematics, provides accurate route planning and on-time alerts, and saves them money in back-office costs and contract performance,” he said.
Lagos to Divert Ikeja Traffic for Asphalt-Laying on Rail Level Crossing
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it will divert traffic flow on the Public Works Road at Ikeja for Rail Level Crossing asphalt laying by 9.00 p.m. on Thursday till 6.00 a.m. on Friday.
In a statement today, the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Frederic Oladeinde, disclosed that the asphalting was necessary to ease traffic flow across the rail track.
According to the diversion plan, motorists from GRA are advised to make use of Oba Akinjobi Way to link Airport Under Bridge to access Agege Motor Road, while motorists from Oshodi going into the GRA, Ikeja will be diverted to the Airport Bridge or Adegbola Level Crossing for their desired destinations.
The Lagos government noted that road users are therefore advised to comply with the traffic directions provided by the traffic enforcement personnel on the ground as well as road signals to minimize inconveniences during the rehabilitation works.
“Lagos State Government is hereby appealing to residents of the state, especially motorists that ply the mentioned corridor to make use of the alternatives routes provided to ease traffic flow, as the palliative works are aimed at achieving a seamless multi-modal transport system that is being envisaged for a greater Lagos,” the statement added.
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