The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it has arrested a total of 144 traffic offenders for overloading passengers vehicles in a bid to mitigate the further spread of Coronavirus among commuters in public transport.
The Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement by the Corps’ Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem on Thursday.
According to Oyeyemi, all categories of transporters should ensure full compliance with the provisions of Regulation 108 (1) of the National Road Traffic Regulation 2012 on compulsory passenger manifest.
He directed all public transport operators to apply necessary precautionary measures in their parks and terminals as failure to adhere strictly to this order would attract the necessary sanctions.
“The corps observes that despite the palpable spread of the virus, public transport operators continue to board passengers to full capacity without consideration to social distancing, passenger manifest and seat spacing of passengers.
“This unhealthy behaviour if not put to check on time has the potential to fuel the spread of the virus.
“All passengers travelling; not only during the epidemic regime but at all times, have the statutory obligation to write down their full information in the passenger manifest before commencement of the trip,” he said.
Oyeyemi noted that putting down details of passengers on a manifest was a mandatory and acceptable practice all over the world.
He said that the document contained basic information including contacts of next of kin of all the passengers travelling in the vehicle for ease of identification and contact in the case of any eventuality.