By Ese Awhotu with agency report
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that Dangote trucks nor any motorist has not been banned from night journeys.
The Corps’ Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, stated this while clarifying a report attributed to him on the subject matter.
The reports had quoted Mr Kazeem as saying his commission and Dangote Group had agreed that the company’s trucks would no longer ply roads at night.
But in a statement on Wednesday, Mr Kazeem said the FRSC never said it would stop Dangote vehicles from plying roads in the country from 7 p.m to 7 a.m.
“FRSC did not say Dangote vehicles shall be impounded after 7.p.m.,” Mr Kazeem said.
“The commission never said so. We were quoted out of context that we will impound their vehicles.
“We usually have safety meetings with Dangote group and others.
“One of such meetings was held on Tuesday where far reaching decisions were made and nothing was said that we were going to impound their vehicles.”
He explained that the FRSC did not have powers to impound vehicles at night saying that there is no law empowering the commission could restrict such vehicles.
He further said that what the commission could do was to only highlight dangers of night journey.
Reports had it that the Corps had tasked the Dangote group on prompt removal of broken down vehicles and the need to intensify efforts towards achieving professionalism in the recruitment, training and certification of its drivers.
Mr Kazeem quoted the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, to have directed that all Dangote trucks to be fully installed with Speed Limiting Device before Dec. 31.
“Dangote to provide details of any driver who commits traffic infraction to FRSC for subjection to Emotional Stability Test.
“The Company 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.
“Foreign number plates on the company’s trucks to be replaced with Nigeria Number Plates before Dec. 31.”