Covid-19: FCTA orders arrest of drivers for overloading

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration has directed road traffic enforcement officers to intensify the arrest of drivers who carry in their vehicles  excess  number of passengers.

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Ikharo Attah,the Chairman of  FCT Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Management, at an interactive session with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja, said social distancing is critical to fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, warning that vehicles overloaded in the  bid to make quick money will not be allowed.

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“Those carrying two passengers in front of their vehicles would have their vehicles impounded and driver’s licence seized.

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“ Besides the health risks, it is also unsafe as the driver finds it difficult to adjust his gear and hand breaks,” Attah said.

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He explained that high-capacity bus drivers would also be properly checked to ensure that they do not overload their buses.

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Attah, therefore, called on operators of all commercial motorcycles and tricycles permitted to operate at the suburbs  to also avoid overloading.

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He called on managers of motor parks and transport unions to obey the directive of the FCT minister which limits any gathering to a maximum 50 persons.

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The chairman also advised transporters to be observant of their passengers and report those with signs of respiratory challenges to appropriate health authorities for prompt action.

 

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