By Godfrey Bivbere
THE Port Manager of Tin-can Island Port, Emmanuel Akporherhi, has said that the port has commenced the enforcement of the truck call up system, a week after Apapa port started the enforcement.
The introduction of the call-up system is meant to regulate movements of trucks to and from the ports in the port vicinity.
Akporherhi, who disclosed this to Vanguard Maritime Report in Lagos, said that the introduction of the call up system is part of efforts to control the vehicular traffic in and out of the port.
He however explained that the system is not yet fully automated but that it is already helping in controlling traffic at the port.
Recall that the Association of Maritime Truck Owners, AMATO, and Container Truck Owners Association of Nigeria, COTOAN, have explained that the new system would restore sanity within Apapa and its environs as it concerned the movement and parking of trucks.
The statement noted that movement and parking of trucks had been a source of traffic congestion in the in Apapa over the years.
AMATO and COTOAN noted that the expected effect of the new programme is as a result of a stakeholders’ meeting held at the weekend.
They pointed out that the meeting was attended by the AMATO/COTOAN coalition as well as the Multi-Agency Taskforce, headed by Rear Adm. E.O. Eyo.
The statement pointed out that the key issues discussed at the meeting include: traffic gridlock, parking of trucks on the bridges and along the roads, endless queues and the dangers of fatigue on the drivers.
It added that the meeting agreed that all AMATO/COTOAN members must abide by the resolutions reached in the meeting.
The statement read in part, “truck drivers must obtain call-up codes before bringing out their trucks; they must ensure that the hire of the truck (Agents) assist in processing the call-up.
“The truckers must design disks for the identification of their garages; confirm booking number of the export container they carry before coming to the ports.
“They must not park along the roads after exiting the port.’’
The chairmen of the truckers’ bodies also said that it had become an offense to offer money for the passing of trucks.
They advised members to always call their superiors for assistance should they encounter any challenge.
The statement, however, threatened sanctions against members who violated any of the regulations, while appealing to the task force to be more civil in its activities.
The truckers’ body in the statement also called for a review of some unfriendly policies that denied them the use of some infrastructure close to the ports.