Stop loading people onto goods, FRSC boss warns truck drivers

Mohammed, who said this during the traffic monitoring of the Sallah trips in Abuja on Saturday, added that the act posed a danger to such people and other road users.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Corps Marshal had seized a vehicle loaded with goods and people atop Zuba, Abuja.

NAN reports that the FRSC boss directed that all passengers on top of the goods be dropped from the vehicle and the vehicle was seized.

The FRSC boss noted that despite warnings and enforcement from the force to drivers and motorists, violations of traffic rules continue to persist in the country.

Mohammed said respect for traffic rules and regulations would ensure safer highways and free flow of traffic, adding that the nationwide special operation was aimed at checking the excesses of motorists.

He said the force had put in place necessary logistics to increase visibility and monitoring of the area, adding that all zebra points and roadside clinics across the country were open 24/7.

He added that the FRSC had deployed more than 41,000 personnel comprising the regular marshal and special marshals, saying that more than 700 patrol vehicles, ambulances and tow trucks had also been deployed.

He said “I am here with my very senior officers to support our men on patrol so that we can see, hear and feel what they felt during their patrol.”

According to him, this will allow us to access, evaluate and see how we can find solutions to their operational challenges.

“We have observed that overload continues to exist especially in Zuba, Abuja. We saw drivers still carrying two passengers in the front seat and four in the back seat.

“We also saw that some drivers were overloading their vehicles with people and goods and we took action against this.

“We are going to engage all their leaders and ensure that this is addressed and contained to the bare minimum.

“This ugly trend is not good for the image of the Federal Territory (FCT, the country as a whole, nor is it good for the image of the FRSC”) he said.

Mohammed, however, appealed to the motoring public, especially motorists, to continue adhering to traffic rules and regulations.

He also appealed to commuters and passengers to talk to drivers to avoid traffic violations, especially the critical violations such as overloading, overspeeding and dangerous driving.

The Marshal assured the motoring public and all Nigerians of the collective determination and commitment of the corps to continue creating a safe motoring environment for all.

He ordered Nigerians to drive live to stay alive, adding that only the living live to celebrate.