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Sen. Nwoko Seeks Enforcement of Ban on Daytime Movement of Heavy-duty Vehicles

Sen. Ned Nwoko, Senator Representing Delta North Senatorial District

By: Deborah Coker

The Senator Representing Delta North Senatorial District, Ned Nwoko, has called on the Federal Government to enforce a nationwide ban on movement of heavy-duty vehicles during the daytime.

Nwoko of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP-Delta), made the call in an interview with the Newsmen in Abuja.

He said the call was in view of the alarming surge in Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) resulting in a staggering annual death toll exceeding 40,000 individuals as reported by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

He explained that the statistics revealed a concerning trend, with a 6.01 per cent increase in road traffic crashes in the fourth quarter of 2022, escalating further by 6.16 per cent in comparison to the same period in 2021, as documented by the FRSC.

Sen. Ned Nwoko,Senator Representing Delta North Senatorial District
Sen. Ned Nwoko,
Senator Representing Delta North Senatorial District

Nwoko noted that the distressing figures persisted into the third quarter of 2023, with Nigeria recording 2,187 road accidents as verified by the FRSC and substantiated by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its latest NBS Road Transport Data for Q4 2023.

The Senator pointed out that the FRSC had elucidated that articulated vehicles, tankers, and trailers were responsible for the deaths of 3,200 persons in road accidents between 2015 and 2018.

He stressed that the corps said that this was with Nigeria incurring a staggering loss exceeding N39 billion to tanker and trailer-related road crashes in 2018 alone.

The lawmaker said that with the staggering statistics, it was imperative to enforce a nationwide ban on movement of heavy-duty vehicles during the daytime across the country with immediate effect.

He disclosed that his motion on the subject matter, titled “Compelling Need to Enforce Nationwide Ban on Movement of Heavy-Duty Vehicles in Daytime” was already before the Senate.

He noted that States like Lagos and Abia, have implemented prohibitions during the daytime movement of trucks and trailers on State roads, confining their operations to nocturnal hours as a proactive measure to mitigate the escalating carnage on daytime roads, and stressed the need for other States to do same.

He stressed that the recent weeks have borne witness to a succession of tragic incidents involving fuel-laden tankers, trailers, and cement trucks, precipitating ghastly accidents with alarming casualty rates.

“I was informed about the grievous incident that happened in Rivers on April 26th 2024 wherein a fuel-laden tanker erupted in flames, claiming the lives of four individuals and engulfing approximately 100 vehicles at the Eleme section of the East-West Road

“This followed a collision with another vehicle, catalysing a catastrophic explosion that rapidly spread to adjacent tankers and vehicles ensnared in the ensuing traffic impasse

“I was also informed about another harrowing incident that occurred at Okene Bypass on the Okene-Lokoja expressway in Kogi on April 28, involving a cement truck which tragically claimed the lives of no fewer than 19 individuals, epitomising the perils posed by heavy-duty vehicles

“I am concerned that it has become all too commonplace to encounter fuel-laden tankers, heavily laden cement trucks, and articulated vehicles hauling perilous cargo jostling for space alongside passenger vehicles during daylight hours and early evenings

“This exacerbate the risk of collisions and calamities on the nation’s roadways

“I therefore call on the Federal Ministry of Transportation to collaborate with the FRSC to incorporate a nationwide ban on daytime movement of heavy-duty vehicles into its Safety Requirements/Guidelines for Articulated Lorries (Tankers/Trailers) Operations in Nigeria

“They should be permitted to carry out their operations only between the hours of 12 midnight and 6 am

“I equally call upon the FRSC to exercise greater diligence in their operations, upgrade traffic and vehicle standard regulations where necessary, and ensure strict enforcement”, he stressed.

Nwoko noted that failure to uniformly enforce such regulations nationwide portends a continuation of road accidents involving heavy-duty vehicles, characterised by an alarming fatality rate and the sustained hemorrhaging of billions of naira in economic losses.

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