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The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) says it will ensure that fleet operators maintain insurance to any passenger who experience loss of lives, properties or injury.

The Chief Executive Officer, FCCPC, Mr Babatunde Irukera, said this at the first ember months’ stakeholders’ forum organised by Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and FCCPC on Friday in Abuja.

Irukera said that accident should not be a routine as the prosecution of those who failed to adhere to traffic regulations would be ensured.

“Any vehicle that records accidents or loss of lives and properties must pay for insurance. Fleet operators must provide insurance for passengers or be prosecuted during this ember months and beyond.

“We will insist that vehicles are in good conditions, operates in good and safe manner before it hits the road for safety of people.

“We will develop a policy on ageing fleets to ensure that such transport company would pay for insurance at all cost,” he said.

Irukera urged motorists to drive carefully as the Christmas and New Year was fast approaching. adding that partnership with FRSC would usher in a new development.

The Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi said that one of the major problems identified in road transportation in Nigeria was poor road network connectivity.

He said that most driving schools lack integrity and this was also a major cause of road accidents in Nigeria.

“The resultant effect of the problems stated on Nigeria road is Road Traffic Crashes (RTC). This is the third leading cause of overall deaths in Nigeria.

“Statistics shows that RTC posed series threat in Nigeria and other developing countries within adverse, physical and socio-economic implications resulting into trauma related deaths and most common cause of disability.

“The threat posed by road traffic injuries to humanity in particular and the nation in general is worrisome.

“The role played by FRSC in tackling these menace is critical as traffic safety management is everybody’s business.

“Hence, collective collaboration is key to traffic crash and fatality reduction,” he said.

Oyeyemi said that the public needed to take it easy on the Corps as the FRSC lost a lot of its personnel in 2019.

He said that the level of destruction on government properties was alarming. adding that the public needed self-education and attitudinal change.

“Every now and then, we mount traffic signs on our roads for easy traffic management but within two weeks, the people will destroy it.

“This needs to stop to ensure free flow of vehicles this ember months and beyond. The FRSC will not relent in delivering its mandate and ensuring that lives and properties are safe,” he said.

Oyeyemi however, reacted to the trending arrest made by the Corps on use of Google map saying that, Google Maps could be used but by placing it on a dash board to avoid accident.

“The law says, do not use your phone while driving, not driving with one hand, and using the Google map by holding the phone with the other hand.

“The offense is driving with one hand, while your phone is on another hand. This will not be tolerated by the FRSC,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme for this year’s stakeholders forum is “Safety and Consumers satisfaction in the ember months season’’.

Edited & Vetted By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ismail Abdulaziz

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