14 December 2020 by Kayode Oyedare.
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has directed Commanding Officers to commence aggressive sensitization of the public on the need to observe maximum safety precautionary measures against the threat of the second wave of COVID-19 in the Country.
In a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem the Corps Marshal also directs that safety managers domiciled with fleet operators to ensure strict compliance to all standing directives given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 including provision of running water and hand washing equipment and making available, hand sanitisers both in parks, terminals and in the vehicles.
Dr Oyeyemi maintains that as the Commission commences this year’s end of year special operations, FRSC will not relent in its commitment to safer motoring environment as Commanding Officers have been directed to heighten advocacy and sensitization campaigns in motor parks to bring the message of the rising cases of COVID-19 pandemic to the consciousness of road travelers.
The Corps Marshall further urges drivers 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 while motorcycle riders should carry only one person at a time.
Dr Oyeyemi however advises travelers to always wear their seatbelts, put on their facemasks and ensure that they fill the passenger manifest before embarking on any journey.
While warning against indiscriminate overloading of vehicles, the Corps Marshal enjoins motorists and road users to drive to stay alive as they continually observe all traffic rules and regulations.
He cautions FRSC personnel detailed on enforcement to treat road users with tolerance, civility, calling on the public to report any noticeable noncompliance by any transporter to the Commission’s Toll Free emergency numbers 122.