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  • Updated: April 16, 2024

How to prevent crashes — VIO to drivers

How to prevent crashes — VIO to drivers

Dr Yusuf Suberu, the National Coordinator, Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) Mayors of the Federation has called for regular vehicle inspections to ensure that vehicles are in good condition to prevent crashes.

He said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

Suberu said the inspection could be done at designated checkpoints or during routine road safety checks.

According to him, the absence of regular vehicle inspection had been a contributing factor to the high rate of crashes in the country.

“Vehicle owners should engage in regular vehicle inspection to ascertain mechanical faults to avoid breakdown of vehicles resulting to crashes.

“Vehicles that are not road worthy should be taken off the road as your vehicle is your body,” he said.

Also, he called for strict enforcement of traffic laws saying that there should be increase in the presence of traffic police wardens, road safety officials and VIOs on the roads, adding that this would help to monitor vehicles guilty of overloading and speeding.

“Offenders should be fined and penalised to deter others from engaging in such practices and road safety officials should be encouraged to also carry arms so that they can man the roads 24 hours.

“There is also need to conduct public awareness campaigns to educate drivers and passengers about the dangers of overloading and speeding.

“Road safety officers should also highlight the risks of accidents, injuries, and fatalities associated with these practices to them,“ he said.

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