July 18, 2024

#FRSC Intensifies #Speed #Limit Enforcement to Avert #Tanker-Related Disasters

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#FRSC Intensifies #Speed #Limit Enforcement to Avert #Tanker-Related Disasters

#FRSC Intensifies #Speed #Limit Enforcement to Avert #Tanker-Related Disasters

In response to the recent tragic tanker explosion on Rivers State’s East-West Road, FRSC Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed has initiated critical stakeholder consultations to enforce the installation of speed limit devices. This measure aims to address the surge in cargo explosions, particularly those involving tankers carrying flammable materials. The FRSC Marshal directive follows a comprehensive investigation into the accident, involving a Mazda saloon car and a tanker conveying gas that exploded and went into flames, killing two persons, and destroying property on Obirikwerre Bridge on the East-West Road in Rivers State on Tuesday, 4 June, 2024 at 0800HRS, which underscores speed violation as a primary cause, and aligns with international safety conventions to prevent such future incidents.
In a signed statement by the Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), revealed that FRSC report on preliminary investigation carried out by the emergency rescue teams deployed to the scene of the crash revealed that the crash which was caused by speed violation involved a total of five persons. While two were killed, three were rescued without injury.

Expectedly, as part of concerted proactive measures put in place to mitigate this avoidable road carnage, the Corps Marshal also directed Sector Commanders to intensify enforcement on installation of speed limit device as well as enhance awareness campaigns.
He emphasised that while carrying out enforcement, they must amongst other things ascertain that these category of vehicles comply with the policy on installation of speed limit device, safety valves (anti spill), and other necessary safety components.

#FRSC Intensifies #Speed #Limit Enforcement to Avert #Tanker-Related Disasters

This directive is in line with the 6 United Nations conventions acceded to by the Federal Road Safety Corps, especially the agreement on international carriage of dangerous goods by road.
Shehu commiserated with the families of the bereaved, praying God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

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