A new and shocking report from the FRSC (Federal Road Safety Corps) has just revealed that Nigeria has lost over ₦39 billion to trailer and tanker-related road accidents in the year 2018 alone. Naijauto gathered that this disclosure was made on Monday, 14th October 2019 by Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal of FRSC in Lagos.
Nigeria is losing a lot of money from frequent tanker and trailer accidents recorded weekly
In the disclosure made by the Lagos FRSC Corps Marshal, he said;
“Nigeria lost N39 billion to trailer and tanker crashes in 2018 alone, with about 650 articulated vehicles involved, while over 90 percent of them had been used for haulage transportation for over 30 years.
“Haulage has become the most utilized way of inter-city movements of goods and services, while the country consumes an estimated 60 million liters of refined petroleum products per day,’’
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Causes of tanker and trailer accidents in Nigeria
Mr Oyeyemi also revealed the major challenges that FRSC believes to be the causes of the fatal tanker and trailer accidents in Nigeria. Some of them include;
- Neglect of the use of retro-reflective type of tapes (for night visibility)
- Use of unnecessary additional lights
- Indiscriminate parking especially along main corridors on streets
- Lane indiscipline
- Used of unlicensed drivers (motor boys)
In a general overview, the FRSC boss concluded that adhering to the new “safe-to-load” program in the distribution of all major oil products by trailers and tankers in Nigeria will curb this depressing rate of accidents. This program had been structured such that it only allows large vehicles in approved good condition to transport dry and wet cargoes on Nigerian roads.
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