Riders of motorcycles and tricycles in the country will be required to obtain a license and number plate to be able to operate from August 1, 2019. This was disclosed by Mr Ayobami Omiyale who is the Zonal Commanding Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Zone 4, which includes Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa states, on Monday June 24, 2019 in Jos Plateau State.
The FRSC official made this known during a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), accompanied by some officers of the Corps. According to him, the development became pertinent as it was observed that hoodlums used the vehicles to carry out their criminal activities. Just recently, Lagos police has arrested traffic robbers disguised as Okada riders and this happens across other states as well.
Speaking further, Omiyale revealed that, despite the commitment of the FRSC to facilitate a speedy production of the mandatory national driver’s license required of drivers, many of them have failed to come pick up theirs.
“As at week 25 of 2019, we had a total 6,102 unclaimed licenses in the zone,” he was quoted saying.
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Speaking about accidents in the zone, the commanding officer said that the Hawan Kibo road had the highest number of accidents in the area. According to him, a total number of 537 road accidents have been recorded in the zone this year. Among this number, 186 victims died and 1,740 of them sustained injuries of different degrees. These figures were released in FRSC latest report of traffic accidents earlier this year.
On the causes of road crashes, the zonal commander said that 90% of crashes were caused by human errors such as speeding, overloading, use of phones behind the wheel and driving under the influence. He urged journalists to support the Corps in regard to creating awareness about road safety practices to members of the public with the aim of making roads across the country safer.
NUJ Chairman in Plateau State, Mr Paul Jatau, commended the zonal commander for his visit, and assured him of the zeal of his members to assist the Corps in achieving set goals.