The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) pointed out the dangers of overloading as it called on motorists to stop overloading their vehicles, particularly in the Gwagwalada area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. The warning was issued by Mr Sunday Attah, Gwagwalada Unit Commander of the FRSC while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview.
Attah stated that commercial bus drivers plying Airport Road, Abaji, Zuba and Kwali were fond of overloading their vehicles with both humans and goods, endangering the lives of people in the process.
The Commander revealed that, in addition to overloading, some of these drivers compound issues with dangerous driving, and expose lives to more danger.
Overloaded commercial bus was stopped by FRSC officer
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Speaking on what the Corps was doing to curb the situation, Attah said that drivers found wanting were put under arrest and fined outlined sums. He said the FRSC take down vehicle numbers of erring drivers, and track them down no matter how long it takes. They are reminded of the offence committed upon arrest.
“The truth is that you have to be alive to do the job. Some of the drivers will want to run on us whenever we stop them, but we usually apprehend them,’’ Attah said.
This is not a rare scene throughout the country
On the subject of carrying two passengers in the front seat, the Commander stated that it is against road safety laws as only one passenger is meant to be seated in the front seat. According to him, the FRSC is committed to ensuring that motorists abide by traffic laws, and anyone found wanting will be apprehended and dealt with accordingly.
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Overloading puts excess pressure on vehicle tires, cutting their lifespan short and making them wear out easily. Overloaded vehicles lack balance, and are prone to accidents due to loss of control.
Nigerians are talented, packing such a number of people on cars!
Many motorists with overloaded vehicles have been apprehended by the authority