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FRSC to Begin Drug Testing for Petrol Tanker Drivers

The Federal Road Safety Corps has given indications that it will commence testing petrol tanker drivers at fuel loading bays to check their alcohol level and other related drugs.

This is in effort to check the spate of accidents involving petrol tankers across the country, following three different cases of accidents which occurred in Lagos within one week in which over 100 houses, shops and vehicles were burnt and scores of lives lost.

The Corps Marshal, FRSC, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, who gave this indication, had thus directed its strict enforcement and other safety standards on petrol tanker drivers, urging all operators to comply with the provisions of the Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme.

The corps marshal said that the two incidents had thrown the nation into a mourning mood with enormous economic losses but added that with the combined efforts of other stakeholders, the wreckages caused as a result of the crashes were promptly cleared and normalcy returned to the areas.

This decision, he said, was taken at a meeting in Abuja held with leaders of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers.

Oyeyemi said they also promised to collaborate with the FRSC to establish rest points for the checking of the alcohol level of tanker drivers.

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