The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and transport unions in Bayelsa have reiterated commitment to safer roads during and after the yuletide season in the state.
The Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr Ikechukwu Igwe, disclosed this on Thursday in Yenagoa on the sideline of interactive session with the stakeholders.
He said the corps’ target for the season was zero traffic crash.
The stakeholders meeting, held on Thursday in Yenagoa, was between the FRSC, All Keke Riders Association of Nigeria and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
The meeting was aimed at harnessing issues bothering the tricycles operators in the state while the corps was also to map out strategies for adequate safety on the roads ahead of the yuletide season.
Some of the issues raised by the tricycle operators were: Corps weekly mobile court activities in the state, high penalty, alleged unfriendly attitude of FRSC personnel among others.
Others include; delay in purchasing driver’s license, over loading and spate of bookings on minor offences by FRSC officers on duty.
The state commander, who assured friendly operations with tricycle operators, said that the corps would look into the issue of weekly mobile court among others.
“I have heard all the issues troubling them and we are going to tackle all of them so that we can maintain friendly operations in the state.
“As we have shared ideas on core issues, I advise you to continue to abide by the rules to make the roads safer for other users,” Igwe said.
Mr Victor Sunday, State Chairman of the All Keke Riders Association of Nigeria, thanked the FRSC state commander and pledged support to corps’ campaign for safer road.
“The interactive session with FRSC is a milestone.
‘’It is our responsibility to pass the message to our members who are not here so that they can be educated on the need to support the corps in the interest of road users,” Sunday stated.
Mr Dorgu Jeremiah, State Vice-Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) commended the sector commander for the numerous grassroots sensitisation of road users in the state.
Jeremiah urged the members to obey road safety rules and regulations such as over loading, speeding among others to reduce road accidents.