Apapa gridlock: expert urges FG to enforce private ownership of truck parks

By Aliyu DANLADI A traffic expert, Mr Patrick Adenusi, has advised the Federal Government to enforce private ownership of truck parks to curb revenue losses and perennial Apapa gridlock in line with global standards. Adenusi, a consultant with Safety Beyond Borders, a traffic NGO gave the advise on Monday in Lagos. He said indiscriminate parking of articulated vehicles on port access routes caused huge losses in terms of man-hours and revenue and appealed for drastic action to ease the gridlock and improve the nation’s revenue. He appealed to the federal…

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128 deaths, 2, 254 injuries recorded in road cashes in Sept., says FRSC

By Thompson ABISOLA A total of 128 persons died, while 2, 254 others were injured in 673 road crashes across the country in September, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). FRSC disclosed this in its monthly Road Traffic Crash (RTC) Report signed by the Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja. The September figures indicated a general reduction in all parameters with 31 per cent and 17 per cent reduction in crashes and fatality cases respectively as…

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Audi to invest 14bn euros in e-mobility, self-driving cars

By Elizabeth ADENUGA Volkswagen’s premium auto brand Audi said on Tuesday it would invest 14 billion euros (15.9 billion) through 2023 in electric mobility, digitalisation and autonomous driving. Overall, the company’s total projected expenditure for the next five years amounts to 40 billion euros, the company said in a statement. It also plans restructuring measures that will generate 1 billion euros in earnings uplift already in 2018. “This planning round bears a clear signature: We are taking a very systematic approach to electric mobility and will be much more focused…

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Desist from night journey-NEMA advises motorists

By Meletus EZE The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has advised Nigerians to avoid traveling at night, especially during the yuletide, saying that night journey could put travelers in more danger, particularly accident. The Head of Imo/Abia operations unit of the agency, Mr Evans Ugoh, gave the advice at the inauguration of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) 2018 Ember Month Safety Campaign in Owerri on Friday. Ugoh said his advice followed the fact that rescue operations were usually not very successful at night, adding that more than 80 per cent…

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Transport authority lauds KTSG for providing additional vehicles

By Giwa SHILE The Katsina State Transport Authority (KSTA), has lauded the state government for procuring 25 new vehicles to boost mass transportation within and outside the state. The Chairman of the authority, Alhaji Lawal Garba, gave the commendation  in Daura on Friday. He said the newly acquired vehicles were 18, 10 and 35-seater buses for the comfort of passengers. He said the vehicles were provided with all the necessary particulars and other traffic equipment like road triangle, fire extinguisher, spare tyres and other necessary items for effective operation. Garba…

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Enugu auto-crash claims 5 lives – Police

By Aliyu DANLADI No fewer than five persons have lost their lives in an auto-crash in Enugu in the late hours of Thursday in Enugu, the Police Command in Enugu State has said. The Police Public Relations Officer for the Command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, who disclosed this in a statement in Enugu on Friday, said that the accident happened in late hours of Thursday. He said that the accident, which involved two vehicles took place on Enugu-Abakiliki Expressway, opposite Promise-land in Emene,outskirt of Enugu, the state capital. “The fatal accident…

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Amaechi calls for stringent penalties for traffic offenders

By Thompson ABISOLA The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has called for introduction of stringent penalties for those who violate and breach the laid down traffic procedures in the country. The ministry’s Director of Press, Mohammed Idris made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja. He quoted Amaechi as saying that if traffic offence is criminalised and offenders are made to pay hugely, it will serve as deterrent, which will drastically reduce road accidents. The minister reiterated that the issue of road safety has become a priority both…

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FRSC urges drivers to rest after 4hrs of driving

By Giwa SHILE Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nasarawa Sector Command, has urged drivers to rest after four hours of driving. The state sector commander, Mrs Faustina Alegbe,  said in Lafia on Wednesday that the move would prevent fatigue and accidents on the roads. Alegbe tasked drivers to take a minimum of 15 minutes after every four hours of driving to relax and energise themselves. “I want to use this medium to advise drivers to endeavour to take a break after every four hours of driving. At least, drivers should…

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Ogun: Traffic agency calls for installation of CCTV cameras to monitor crashes

By Aliyu DANLADI The Corps Commander, Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) Mr Seni Ogunyemi, has called for the installation of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras on major highways in the state to monitor road accidents. Ogunyemi said this on Tuesday in Abeokuta while playing host to executive members of the Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN), Ogun Chapter in his office. Ogunyemi, who was represented by the Deputy Corps Commander, Shola Bamidele, called for concerted efforts to minimise high rate of crashes in Ogun. He said such efforts would…

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Uber resumes service in Abu Dhabi after 2 years of suspension

Elizabeth ADENUGA The Integrated Transport Center (ITC) at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Monday announced to resume Uber services in the emirate after two years of suspension. “The transport authority announced the decision after signing an agreement with Uber. “The Uber services in Abu Dhabi will be the same as in Dubai, as the citizens can register as full-time or part-time drivers via the app using their private vehicles,’’ the Gulf News reported. According to the report, the fares of the ride…

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