Ibadan – The FRSC in Oyo State has warned owners of vehicles with right-hand steering wheel to convert them to left-hand or face prosecution.
The Oyo Sector Commander of FRSC, Godwin Ogagaoghene, gave the warning in an interview with journalists in Ibadan on Wednesday.
He said the warning became necessary because of the increase in the number of such vehicles in the country inspite of the ban imposed since 1972.
“The sector is worried about the recent influx of right-hand-drive vehicles on the roads in Oyo State,’’ he said.
Ogagaoghene, who expressed regret that right-hand-drive vehicles were still being cleared at the ports and registered, warned that such vehicles would be impounded.
“We found that some of them are even registered which is a violation of the National Road Traffic Regulation (2004) section 71 which states that no vehicle with apparatus fitted on the right hand side shall be registered or driven on public roads.
“We want to ensure that these vehicles are removed from our roads entirely.
“ We will not only impound them but ensure that they are converted to left-hand drive before releasing them,’’ he said.
Ogagaoghen pointed out that the use of such vehicles constituted a grave danger to their drivers and occupants as well as other road users.
He also said that the sector command had started fining motorists for impaired, broken and expired windscreens.
“Windscreens do expire and this is noticed when visibility begins to decrease or become dull. Also it is wrong to drive around with a broken windscreen.
“When this happens, one should immediately get them replaced as there is an offence we call windscreen violation which attracts a fine of N2, 000,’’ he said.
He called on all road users to collaborate with the commission to ensure eradication of road traffic crashes by always obeying traffic rules and regulations. (NAN)