THE Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and road transport unions have agreed to enforce COVID-19 protocols in motor parks in order to further check the spread of the coronavirus, with the lifting of the ban on interstate travels.
At a virtual meeting on Monday in Abuja, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, said that it was important for all stakeholders in the road transport sector to be on the same page on compliance measures.
The Corps Marshal recognized that mobility was a cardinal factor in responding to the pandemic, not just in the area of complete eradication of the surge, but in revamping the economic activities of the nation.
He said: “It is instructive to categorically state that all transport unions such as NURTW, NARTO, PTONA, RTEAN, NUPENG, PTD, ACOMORON, ALBOAN and others must brace up with the present reality and ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.
“The road transport sub-sector has been one of the national fronts at the receiving end of the tremendous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The significant reduction in its contribution to national economic growth and development due to staggered lockdown and restriction of movement, has been worrisome.
“However, following governments phased easing of the lockdown and the window given for resumption of inter state travels, it became imperative for the FRSC to convene a stakeholders meeting.
“This would help to fully intimate all players in the sector, including transport unions, fleet operators and others, on the modalities for operation, based on the guidelines of the presidential task force on COVID-19.”
He called on vehicle owners to caution their drivers to know that the lifting of the ban on interstate journeys was not a license to violate legal speed limits.
The President, National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) Mr Yusuf Othman assured on the readiness of the union to abide by the rules to ensure the safety of people.
“We will direct all our people across the country to join hands with FRSC to fight this pandemic and ensure the country is free of coronavirus,” he said.