By Victor Ahiuma-Young
THE Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said from December 1, it would clampdown on commercial vehicles plying intercity routes without passengersâ€™ manifest.
A statement by Lagos State Sector Command of the Corps said the planned action was covered by section 51 of the 2004 regulations of FRSC and advised affected motorists to compliance fully to avoid the wrath of the law.
A statement by the Sectorâ€™s Public Education Officer (PEO), Nwachi Ijeoma, on behalf of the Sector Commander, said: â€œTough time awaits passenger carrying commercial vehicles operating on intercity routes without a passenger manifest, as the Federal Road Safety Corps commences clampdown from December 1, 2009.â€
The clampdown, according to the Lagos sector command, is sequel to the arrest of about 600 operators between February and October 2009 for not complying with the provision of Section 51 of The National Road Traffic Regulations, 2004.
Specifically, the section states that â€œAll passenger carrying commercial vehicles shall, before commencing any intercity journey keep and maintain a passenger manifest indicating the names of its passengers, their address, their point of departure and destinationâ€.
In addition, the section states that â€œwhere the journey is broken by reason of some passengers alighting before the destination, another passenger may be admitted on board, and the terminal point of the former shall be recorded and the particulars of the latter entered in the manner presented.â€
The Command, however, frowns at the flagrant violation of this section by most operators including big transporters despite series of awareness campaigns held with them.