Ebola: FRSC Warns Drivers Against Over-loading; Set To Inspect Vehicles

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

To further prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) through body contacts as passengers board commercial vehicles, the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned drivers to desist from over-loading their vehicles with passengers.

Led by the Unit Commander of the FRSC in Ile-Ife, Mr Richard Adetoro, officers of the corps on Wednesday, 27th August, 2014 embarked on inspection of vehicles plying Akure/Ilesa/Ile-Ife high way.

According to the Unit Commander, drivers had been mandated to carry maximum of three passengers on passengers’ seat henceforth as a way of preventing the spread of Ebola virus.

Adetoro who disclosed that the FRSC was ready to collaborate with other agencies to prevent the spread of EVD in the country, noted that the virus could be prevented by avoiding over loading of passengers in vehicles.

The Unit Commander said drivers plying the Akure/Ile-Ife road had been sensitized on the dangers inherent in overloading; adding that drivers who fail to comply with the order would be sanctioned henceforth.

He also enjoined passengers to avoid body contacts while in public vehicles to prevent contacting Ebola virus.

Armed with gloves and other preventive materials, the FRSC officers had embarked on inspection of vehicles along the Akure/Ile-Ife road to ensure that drivers comply with the order.

Adetoro informed that 21 vehicles had been impounded by the unit for use of expired tyres, stressing that the development was responsible for high rate of motor accidents on the Akure/Ile-Ife road.

He hinted that most of the accidents that occurred in Osun and Ondo states occurred along the Akure/Ile-Ife road, warning drivers plying the road to avoid use of expired tyres.

He noted that tyre burst was responsible for most of the accidents on the road, just as he lamented the poor condition of the road, which he said had claimed many lives.

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