The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC has impounded no fewer than 1,293 vehicles, while penalising 1,402 offenders within three weeks.
The commission observed that majority of the drivers were operating without driver’s licence while offences such as lane indiscipline, rickety vehicles and overloading accounted for some of the offences for which the violators were prosecuted.
Speaking at a press briefing on Monday, August 17, in Abuja, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, noted that 826 offenders were arraigned before the courts out of which 753 were convicted with option of fines.
He explained that the FRSC would sustain the enforcement of road safety ethics through multi-dimensional approach, adding that the corps had stepped up training of haulage vehicle and tanker drivers.
Oyeyemi explained that the focus of the operation was unlatched and unsecured containers, lane indiscipline, overloading violation and licence violation.
“Within the three weeks that we have sustained the operation, a total of 1,402 offenders have been apprehended with 1, 981 offences booked by our patrol men across the country. In the same vein, a total of 1,293 vehicles were impounded while the vehicle papers of 138 of the offenders were confiscated. Let me state that enforcement is part of the multi-dimensional approach we have adopted to achieve the goal of making our roads safer,” he said.
The corps marshal said his agency had since January this year embarked on series of advocacy, sensitisation and collaboration with all the stakeholders involved in haulage transportation and allied businesses, to sensitise them towards imbibing safe driving culture.