By Joy Mbachi
Awka – The Federal Road Safety Corps in Anambra on Friday advised tippers owners in the state against putting too much financial burden on their drivers.
Mr Sunday Ajayi, the FRSC Commander in Anambra, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Awka.
He said that many erring commercial tipper drivers in the state had blamed truck owners for putting too much financial burden on them in terms of daily financial delivery.
“Some of the erring tipper drivers, who overloaded their trucks, have always complained about the pressure to meet up their daily financial delivery to their bosses.
“This, according to the drivers, forced them to overload their trucks, speed and disobey traffic rules.
“With this situation, the drivers try to keep their jobs, forgetting the implication of involving in road crash.
“So, FRSC is now begging the owners of tippers not to give hard financial conditions to their drivers as lives of other people on the road were valuable’’.
Ajayi said tipper drivers had been specifically advised about the importance of obeying traffic rules, but this category of drivers were still dangerous on the road.
According to him, many enlightenment campaigns were organised with emphasis on the need to avoid overloading and speeding.
He said that the activities of tipper drivers called for urgent attention to stop them from turning roads to death traps.
“We have carried out a lot of sensitisation to educate them against overloading, reckless driving and installation of the speed limiting device, among others, but all to no avail,” he said.
Ajayi said that the command would continue to organise sensitisation programmes for motorists until sanity prevailed in the state.
He advised motorists, particularly tipper drivers, to adhere to safety and traffic rules to ensure sanity and crash-free trips.
Ajayi said that tipper drivers had become threats on roads in spite of series of sensitisation and awareness programmes on safe motoring.
He said that the command would henceforth arrest erring tipper drivers as the command began to enforce sanity on roads to save lives.