By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT-OIL companies and operators of haulage vehicles have been urged to partner with the Rivers State government to ensure compliance with traffic laws in the state.
Making the appeal at a meeting between Timariv, a body charged by the state government to enforce compliance with traffic laws in the state and stakeholders in the transport sector, Comptroller General of Timariv, Mr Nelson Jaja, said there was need for all hands to be on deck to guarantee an effective and operational transport system in the state.
He said operators of haulage vehicles rendering essential services were free to go to the state Ministry of Transport for waivers so that they could be allowed to be on the road in the day time. Noting that though there is an existing traffic law which placed restriction on haulage vehicles operating in the day on the streets of Port Harcourt he said the state was ready to bend this rule to allow those rendering essential services go about their operations unhindered.
“We will give waivers as an investor friendly state for big vehicles rendering essential services to move. Just go to the Ministry of Transport to apply for waivers “
He further appealed to operators of haulage vehicles to ensure they remove their broken down vehicles from the road within six hours or they would be sanctioned by his body. He said this would help ease traffic challenges in the state capital.
The Comptroller advised that they were free to contact his body for assistance if they have difficulty moving their broken down haulages from the street.
Continuing, the Comptroller said lanes would soon be marked in the state capital to enhance enforcement of lane compliance by its marshals.