The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dauda Biu, has ordered an immediate clampdown on all old and rickety vehicles across the country.
Biu gave the directives in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer and Assistant Corps Marshal, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, on Thursday in Abuja.
The FRSC marshal said the directive became necessary due to a trending video of an old car with three worn-out tires plying the highway in Sagamu, Ogun State.
He ordered the immediate clampdown of the vehicle and the arrest of the owner, as the act could endanger the lives and property of the public.
According to him, the attention of the corps was drawn to the trending video of the old vehicle with mechanical issues plying the expressway.
“The vehicle with registration number, Lagos AA07AG was not only old but was plying the highway with just three worn-out tires.
“The personnel of the agency is directed to be on the lookout for the car and other unstable vehicles plying major roads in Nigeria.
“The operation will be conducted nationwide, and severe punishment awaits the owner and anyone using such vehicles,” he said.
Biu said that the new order was part of a continued effort by the FRSC to reduce road accidents.
He said that all Sector Commanders and Zonal Commanding Officers of the FRSC were to begin enforcing the new order with immediate effect.
“As a matter of fact, FRSC officials are now authorized to arrest and prosecute anyone who operates rickety vehicles on Nigerian roads.
“The officials are also allowed to impound such vehicles and tow them to the nearby FRSC office,” he added.
Source: The Punch