FRSC educates tipper drivers on safety measures

DISTURBED by the incessant road crashes caused by tipper drivers plying the Ota axis, the Federal Road Safety Corps, RS2.22, Ota Unit Command, has held an enlightenment session for the drivers on the importance of imbibing safety measures. The Unit Commander, RS2.22, Ota Unit, Mr. Kolawole Salami, who spoke at the safety campaign rally at the Tipper Garage in Sango Ota, Ogun State, on Saturday, explained that the choice of tipper drivers was because, out of the 19 road crashes recorded in the area in the last three months, 13 were caused by the tipper drivers.

Salami spoke on the topic, ‘Truck drivers and the road’, and hinged the high statistics of road crashes involving tipper drivers on the poor maintenance of their vehicles and their bad driving culture as well as the use of obsolete vehicles. He said, “Accidents are not caused by evil spirits, but by man. The choice for the heavy articulated vehicle drivers for this rally is because of the frequent accidents involving them.

“Statistics have shown that most crashes in the Ado-Odo/Ota axis involve articulated vehicles and it is as a result of poor vehicle maintenance and bad driving culture. It is true that our roads are in bad conditions, but as a good driver, you should have absolute control over the factors that can cause crashes.”

He also said that the most important factor to concentrate on was ensuring that the brakes were in good conditions. Salami urged the drivers to check the condition of the brakes at all times. He said more than 80 per cent of the lorries in the metropolis were outdated and had spent more than 30 years on the road, lacking serviceable parts.

“So, there is need to look into our vehicles and see how they can be enhanced to attain road worthiness,” he said. The unit commander also advised the lorry drivers to develop defensive driving techniques, avoid habits that could aid road crashes. Representative of Shell Nigeria Gas, Mr. Celestine Omigi, urged the tipper drivers to always consider those they left at home whenever they were driving and should respect other road users.

From: The Punch