10 January 2021 by Kayode Oyedare.
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has advised fleet operators, other commercial drivers and the motoring public to desist from night trips.
He told newsmen in Abuja that the advice became necessary to check increasing cases of road accidents at night.
Dr Oyeyemi noted that night journey is characterized by poor visibility, fatigue, sleeping on wheels , excessive speeding among others.
Reacting to some reports of fatal accidents recorded at night at the beginning of the year which led to the death of several road users and left others with injuries, the Corps Marshal explained that intelligence report revealed that most fleet operators and other vehicle owners who are addicted to night journeys, do so for selfish economic gains, such as overloading and lack of enforcement of physical distancing to evade arrest by FRSC patrol teams.
He stressed that in as much as the Commission does not have the statutory powers to ban night trips, it has become very critical and a matter of urgency for people who embark on night trips to retrace their steps and plan their journeys in the day time.
According to him, it is always difficult to get help from motorists when a crash occurs away from FRSC rescue points at night.
Dr Oyeyemi also warned passengers whose journeys could wait for the next day to resist any temptation that could lead them into patronising fleet operators at night..
The FRSC Boss said the Commission would continue to double its efforts by constantly engaging the motoring public nationwide, through aggressive awareness campaigns, until the desired result is achieved.