Akure – The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Thursday in Akure said it would collaborate with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to minimise road accidents in the state .
The new Sector Commandant of FRSC in the state, Mr Edward Zamber, stated this during the monthly NURTW state council meeting.
“We are ready to cooperate and work with the Road Workers’ Union for better relationship in order to reduce the high rate of motor accidents on highways, especially toward ‘Ember Months’.
“This synergy will beat road mishaps down to the barest minimum in the state.
“We hereby urge you to shun speeding so that you will be able to handle the vehicles in times of emergency,” Zamber said.
He expressed regret that 14 lives were lost on Ore-Lagos Expressway on Wednesday due to excessive speeding and reckless driving .
The sector commander decried the act of driving without drivers’ licence, saying that the attitude was “a total disobedience to the law of the land”.
He urged the NRTW members to register all their vehicles for commercial identification.
He also urged all stakeholders in the transport sector to embrace the Speed Limiting Device, which will be enforced as from on Sept. 1, 2015, for safety on the roads.
“By Sept.1, we will commence Speed Limiting Device enforcement for all commercial vehicles operators on the highways before extending it to all motorists.
“And we have made this known several times and we will not condone disobedience.
Responding, the General Secretary of NURTW, Mr Kayode Agbeyangi, promised that members of the union would strictly adhere to road rules and regulations.
Adeyangi noted that the union had a disciplinary committee that dealt with members caught violating the road safety rules.
“We do suspend any member caught driving recklessly and speeding.
“Sometimes, we fine them or give them two to three week suspension, depending on the gravity of the offence committed”. (NAN)