FERMA directs tanker drivers to utilise articulated vehicles park




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The Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) on Thursday directed all tanker drivers in Kaduna to relocate to the new articulated vehicles park in Mararaban Jos to avoid being  prosecuted.

Engr. Gabriel Amuchi, the Director-General of the agency, gave the directive in Kaduna when he led a delegation on a visit to the new articulated vehicles park on Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

He said that the agency had done enough awareness campaign on wrongful parking on the highway by trucks stating that enforcement would commence in the various park locations.

“The agency commenced massive inspection and of all federal roads in the country since last week.

“We have also directed the team we call FREG, (Federal Road Enforcement Group) that comprises of the Army engineers, police, road safety corps, FERMA and ministry of works to commence action and enforcement.

“There is no nation that can make progress if we do not comply with regulations; you move them today, two days, three days later they are back.

“So we are agreeing now to start enforcement because we have done enough awareness campaign.[eap_ad_2]

“By the a few people are arrested and tried I’m sure that it will deter others and they will begin to comply with the instruction to stop wrongful use of our highway that is leading to damage of facilities.“

Amuchi said that the agency had acquired articulated vehicles parks in more than seven locations across the country to model parking of vehicles in safe places.

He said evacuating them from the road would improve safety and reduce the effect of leakage of petroleum products on the road which led to road failure.

The director-general, however, said facilities needed to make the parks comfortable and safe would be provided gradually.

Also speaking, Alhaji Babangida Jaafaru, the Secretary of Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Kaduna chapter, said that the major challenge of the park was .

He said that the drivers refused to park at the new articulated vehicles park because of no provision for security adding that nobody wanted his truck hijacked.

The secretary said that if the could provide security personnel on the site it would encourage the drivers to make use of the park. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]