FRSC unveils 2016 ember months campaign
The Federal Roadsafety Commission has unveiled its 2016 ember months campaign strategy . Chief amongst the strategies is that the commission seeks partnership and collaboration with the Anambra state government , corporate organisations , individuals and other stakeholders in the transport sector to realise its safety objectives for the aforestated period .
Speaking with newsmen in Awka, Anambra sector commander Mr.Sunday Michael Ajayi stated that the ember months campaign will also feature enforcement drive , inspection of driving schools , intensification of stakeholders consultation , checking alchoholism amongst drivers , deployment of more personnel to flashpoints to mention a few .
Ajayi further disclosed that implementation on the installation of Speed-Limiter Device in vehicles is scheduled to commence on 1st October , 2016 explaining further that the speed-limiter is the technological approach to solving the issue of speed on the highways even as he took cognisance of the fact that speed has been identified as a worldwide problem .
The sector commander equalled informed that the Anambra command embarked on what he described as target enforcement which he said was designed to clamp down on fleet operators who failed to register their vehicles stressing that the Roadsafety Transportation Standardisation Scheme stipulates that the activities of commercial fleet operators should be regulated .
He said that the commission’s insistence on the use of passenger manifest can not be over-emphasized especially in the ember months as the commission envisage increase in the movement of goods and persons .
According to him , the commission’s mobile court session along Onitsha-Owerri road impounded and prosecuted some commercial vehicles for not having passenger manifests adding that passengers have a duty to ensure that vehicles have their minimum safety standards before boarding while fleet operators should ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy .
The sector commander equally disclosed that the commission also leaveraged on Women’s August Meeting to sensitize as well as educate the motoring public on their roles in roadsafety issues as it relates to child safety education adding that youth safety education is another area the command has used primary and secondary schools in Anambra through the State Ministry of Education to instill safety culture in youths .
By John Ndu