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FRSC Identifies Three Major Traffic Violations by Motorists

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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.

Ahmed Rahma is a journalist with great interest in arts and craft. She is also a foodie who loves new ideas. She loves to travel and would love to visit other African countries someday. She is a sucker for historical movies and afrobeat.

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Ibadan Tanker Explosion: OYRTMA Issues Traffic Advisory

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) has advised road users to use alternative routes, while its men and other relevant agencies strive to return normalcy to the route.

This traffic advisory became necessary following an explosion of a petrol-laden tanker along the Agodi area in Ibadan, the state capital.

The Chairman of OYRTMA, Mr Akin Fagbemi, in a statement on Friday, stated that efforts were being made to bring the situation under control.

He stated that “the incident, which resulted to the slagging of powered electric poles and cables dangling across the road, portends danger to motorists plying the route hence, in the interim, the authority has barricaded the way from Total-Garden to Agodi-Gate, Ibadan to enable safety officials of relevant government agencies evacuate the affected vehicles and restore normalcy.”

“Motorists are advised to navigate towards the State Secretariat at the Total-Garden Round-about to link the Government Road towards the Kola Daisi Civic Center inwards Agodi-Gate to Iwo-Road,” he disclosed.

“Alternatively, Motorists could opt for the Premier Hotel road to link the State Secretariat and move as above.

“From Beere to Iwo-Road Motorists are advised to take the Oje-Market to link Agodi-Gate inwards Iwo-Road.

“Another alternative is for motorists to move from the State Secretariat and navigate Ikolaba via the Nigerian Customs Zonal Hq. to get to Iwo-Road, Ibadan,” he further stated.

The agency beseeched commuters to drive carefully around the affected area as its men and officers are working concertedly with relevant agencies to restore normalcy in the shortest time possible.

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Coscharis Partners Sterling Bank for Vehicle Finance Scheme

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By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel

A leading auto dealership in Nigeria, Coscharis Motors, has partnered with Sterling Bank Plc to offer a vehicle finance scheme to allow retail and fleet buyers to purchase their choice vehicles through a repayment plan from the bank.

The partnership has also seen that the auto company lists its vehicles on the bank’s Non-Interest Banking Division platform- AltDrive to equally promote e-commerce transactions.

With this, customers are offered an online retail marketplace where vehicular brands sold by Coscharis Motors can be accessed and purchased either through self-funding or credit finance from Sterling Bank.

The Coscharis Group General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Mr Abiona Babarinde, while commenting on the idea, said that, “We took this strategic decision earlier in the year to collaborate with relevant stakeholder partners to be able to give our numerous discerning customers and prospects alike the soft landing of owning any of our vehicles with ease in terms of providing friendly financial schemes.”

According to him, the repayment pattern can be expanded for up to five years, of which customers can choose between 15 per cent to 30 per cent initial payment.

He said this is coupled with the bank’s friendly interest rate and ease of accessibility to a plethora of car brands to aid customers’ ultimate satisfaction.

“This ultimately gives anyone the capability to purchase any of our brands with more convenient payment terms with any of our partners like the Sterling Bank.

“We started this initiative with one of our sister companies in the group, Coscharis Mobility, representing sixth in Nigeria amongst some other financial institutions while others are in the pipeline to come on board,” Mr Babarinde added.

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Ember Months: Makinde Urges Drivers to Drive Cautiously

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has encouraged drivers across the state to be more careful during this last quarter of the year as the vigilance of everyone means safety for all while negligence of anyone portends danger to all.

He said this at the 2021 National Workshop for Proprietors and Training for Instructors of Driving Schools organised by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Mr Makinde promised to consolidate the existing relationship with the agency to reduce accident indexes in the state, particularly during the ember months, noting that the partnership will ensure continuous and adequate training of drivers across the State.

The Governor, who was represented by the Chairman of the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), Mr Akin Fagbemi, said the collaboration was necessary at such a time when there are more vehicular movements usually associated with some haste, rush and unacceptable attitude of untrained drivers.

He commended the FRSC on the ongoing Driving School Standardisation Programme (DSSP) aimed at improving driving school operations in Nigeria.

He noted that the programme has developed uniform standards, safety consciousness, professionalism and proficiency in drivers’ education in the State.

Mr Makinde extolled FRSC saying, “the great successes recorded in monitoring and regulating the driving school industry through driver training education which is evident in the reduction of road traffic crashes over the years as a result of improved driver education in recent times.”

The Governor added, “It is also very important to note here, that training of learner and professional drivers must be carried out in accordance with standards enshrined in the driving schools training manual, with all the required training facilities in place, most importantly trainees must undergo all the sessions required for the type of vehicles they intend to learn how to drive and at the end must pass the Compulsory Computer Base Test (CBT) before the National Drivers Licence is issued to them”.

“Through these efforts put in place by the FRSC, Nigeria has been recognized globally by several organizations including the United Nations and other international road safety organizations. Our National Drivers Licence is now recognized and accepted by counties across the globe,” the Governor said.

Stakeholders at the workshop included the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Director DSS Oyo State Command, Representative of the FRSC Corps Marshal, Representatives of the Comptroller General of Customs, NSCDC among several others.

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