Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has tasked commanding officers to intensify awareness campaign on COVID-19 precautionary measures in motor parks nationwide.
This is contained in a statement in Abuja by the Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem.
Mr Kazeem urged officers to brace up, and be more proactive to ensure immediate deployment of personnel for aggressive sensitization of the motoring public on the need to observe maximum safety measures in the face of the recent threat of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country.
Mr Kazeem stated that fleet operators must endeavour to ensure strict compliance to all directives given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 including provision of running water, hand washing equipment and hand sanitisers both in parks and terminals in the vehicles.
He said, “as the corps commences this year’s end of year special patrol towards a successful Christmas and new year celebrations, the corps would not relent in its commitment to a safer motoring environment”.
The FRSC Public Education Officer noted that creating understanding and enforcing compliance with the rules was strategic to achieving the required success.
Mr Kazeem said drivers must be made to comply with every directive on physical distancing by carrying only one person at the front and not more than three at the rear seat of the vehicles.
He said motorcycle riders should also carry only one person at a time so that occupants would be able to guard themselves and watch out for symptoms as they commute to their destinations.
Mr Kazeem equally stated that the Corps Marshal advised travelers to stay away from overloaded vehicles at all times no matter the urgency of their trip.
He warned all vehicle occupants to always wear their seatbelts, put on their facemasks and ensure that they filled the passenger manifest before embarking on any trip.
Mr Kazeem cautioned FRSC personnel detailed on enforcement to treat road users with tolerance, civility, empathy and called on the public to report any noticeable noncompliance by any transporter to the Corps through the Toll Free emergency numbers 122 or 08052998090, 09067000015, and messages only 08052998012.