•By Ademola Akanni, Abuja
The Senate on Tuesday, 25 February, 2020 urged the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Commission and Vehicle Inspection Officers to immediately clamp down on truck and lorries plying federal highways without the minimum prescribed levels of lighting or road safety requirements.
The resolution was reached sequel to the consideration of a motion sponsored by Senator Teslim Folarin (APC – Oyo Central).
According to the lawmaker, in 2017, there were 779 recorded Road Traffic Collisions involving trailers and tankers, which resulted in 737 fatalities and 2,622 serious injuries.
He added, “In 2018, over one thousand lives and an estimated N39 billion were lost directly due to accidents involving trucks and articulated lorries.”
The Chamber, accordingly, mandated its Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs to investigate the level of compliance to road safety legislations amounts haulage operators, owners and drivers, as well as the implementation of the recommendations from the 2018 haulage Operators Stakeholders’ summit.