The Delta Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised tanker drivers to use retro-reflective tapes on their vehicles to avoid head-on collision.
The FRSC Acting Sector Commander, Mrs Patricia Emeordi, gave the advice last Thursday in Warri during a Truck Safety Campaign sensitisation on retro reflective tapes, organised by the Arrive Alive Road Safety Initiative and sponsored by Chevron Nigeria Ltd.
Emeordi said the importance of the retro-reflective tapes on all categories of vehicles, especially trucks, could not be over-emphasised in spite of other caution signs.
According to her, the tapes do not only make the vehicles visible at night, they also show their sizes when the tapes are properly placed.
The acting sector commander advised drivers to place the tapes on both sides of their vehicles to illuminate them when turning.
Quoting the National Road Traffic Regulation 2004, Section 56 (P) as requiring all commercial vehicles other than taxis to have two reflective stickers fitted to the extreme, she said the stickers should be four inches wide and 12 inches long to indicate the maximum width of the vehicles.
Emeordi, therefore, appealed to drivers, especially those driving trucks, to use the retro-reflective tapes.
Mr Femi Odumabo, the General Manager, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Ltd, said the safety campaign was consistent with the company’s tradition of care and commitment to the safety of lives on Nigerian roads.
Represented by Mr Philip Bassey, the Senior Committee Engagement Representative, Chevron Nigeria Ltd., Odumabo
said the company and its partners, the Agbami Field, placed high premium on safety in line with the commitment to protect people and the environment.
He said the company was happy to partner with the FRSC to check accidents on Nigerian roads, adding that the campaign would focus on safe driving and enlightenment.
“Our intention is to make our roads safer, reinforce the value of safe driving and compliance with traffic regulations.”
In his opening remark, Mr Ikeh Okonkwo, the Chief Executive officer, Arrive Alive Road Safety Initiative, said that Nigeria contributed one-fifth of the 3,500 daily road accident in the world, while trucks contributed 50 per cent of the figure.
Okonkwo said that most Nigerian roads were in a deplorable state, noting that “trucks parked on the roadsides must have the caution sign to warn on-coming vehicles.”
He advised that the retro-reflective tapes be used to achieve safety on the roads, saying that with contributions from all stakeholders, zero accident was attainable.
In his response, Chief Magnus Onyeka, the Public Relations Officer of Petroleum Tankers Union in Delta, appealed to government to ensure that roads across the country were put in good shape, “as 60 per cent of road crashes are caused by bad roads”.
He said that the union had banned the movement of trucks between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., as well as the sale of alcohol in the union’s canteens across the nation.