The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), Petroleum Tanker Driver (PTD) section has been urged by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to engage their members on thorough traffic facilitation in order to reduce the level of accidents involving their truck.
While speaking to reporters the Head of Public Education, FRSC, Mr Bisi Kazeem disclosed that such training would minimize accidents involving tankers on the roads.
“We are charging them to start engaging their members in rigorous traffic trainings so as to meet minimum safety standards concerning their vehicles.
“It is very important to train and retrain them, to enable them follow the rules and regulations and to meet the road standard concerning their vehicles,” he said.
He noted that there is the need for the government to initiate policies and legislation that would help curtail the excesses of tanker drivers. He also added that the government must work with stakeholders to ensure that things are done the right way.
According to him, ongoing rail projects across the country would put an end to the menace of tanker accidents when completed.
NUPENG/PTD National Chairman, Mr Salmon Oladiti, and the entire members of union have commiserated with the families of the victims of the Otedola Bridge Lagos-Ibadan expressway fire incident in Lagos on Thursday.
Mr. Oladiti stated that the union was ready to work with the FRSC and other law enforcement agencies to observe the minimum safety standards on the highways.
“All efforts will be put in place to ensure that this kind of disaster does not occur again on our roads.
“We sincerely mourn the dead and share in the pains of the affected families, the Lagos State Government and the entire people of Nigeria,” the Chairman said.
Naija News recall that the tanker explosion that took place at Otedola Bridge claimed the lives of 8 persons and razed about 54 vehicles.