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TRACE trains 300 petroleum tanker drivers on safety


Ige Adekunle

Sango-Ota   –  The Ogun State Traffic Compliance and  Enforcement Corps (TRACE) has trained 300 petroleum tanker drivers as part of the measures to ensure safety on the roads across the country.

TRACE Director, Traffic Planning, Research and Sustains, Michael Ajayi made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota, Ogun, on the sideline of  a lecture by the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers.

According to him, the essence of the training is to reduce the spate of road crashes, deaths and injuries on our roads.

Ajayi said that training would be a continuous exercises to ensure sanity,  safety of lives and property across the country.

“The first 300 petroleum tanker drivers had been trained this week and more drivers would still be trained to ensure sanity on our roads,” he said.

He, however, said that the training which would be in batches would  run for five weeks to awake the consciousness of drivers toward safety.

He stressed the need to further enlightened the drivers on what they should do before embarking on any journey and also  after the journey.

“The petroleum tanker drivers should check everything about their vehicles, especially the brake system, tyres and the engine.

“They also need to mark out route plan to stop and take enough rest before continuing with their journey.

“Finally,  after getting to their destinations, they need to access the condition of the engine before they embark on return journey.”

Ajayi, however, implored drivers to adhere strictly to all rules and regulations that guide the use of roads like the road signs.

He also appealed to the drivers not to see themselves as the king of the roads, but consider other road users like pedestrian and tricycle operators.

He said that if all these were done, crashes, deaths and injured persons would drastically reduced.

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