Written by Sarah NEGEDU

95% of vehicles in Abuja are rickety-VIO

Over 95 percent of vehicles in the nation’s capital may not pass the roadworthiness test as most of them are rickety, the Department of Road Traffic Services, DRTs, has disclosed.

The director of DRTs, Mr. Wadata Bodinga, warned that the department will soon commence the seizure of such vehicles in order to restore sanity in the transport system in Abuja.

Bodinga, who stated this while reacting to the recent restriction of tricycles in the FCT, said that the administration has decided to phase out all rickety vehicles especially those that have failed road worthiness test.

He said the grace period given to affected taxi operators to refurbish such vehicles has elapsed, hence, the implementation of the ministerial order.

He warned that the enforcement which started last week would be total, and that defaulters will be arrested and their vehicles impounded.

“We have cleared our carport to accommodate all impounded vehicles and Tricycles. We urge all who want to operate in FCT to abide by the rules and regulations.”

Confirming the seizure of 31 rickety taxis impounded by the DRTSs, the Chairman of the Ministerial Task Team on Free Traffic Flow, Comrade Ikharo Attah, assured that relevant security agencies were collaborating to ensure the sustainability of the implementation of the policy.

He said a special unit from DRTS headed by Babatunde Aregbesola is tasked to go round the city and ensure the removal of rickety taxis.

On the recent ban on the operation of tricycles on major highways and the city centre, Attah said the move will not only restore sanity to the nation's capital but also help in the fight against traffic grid lock.

Attah who spoke at a sensitisation campaign for tricycle operators noted that the ban was in line with the transportation master plan of the city, which stipulates that the operations of all means of transportation should be regulated and controlled.

He explained that the Ministerial order was meant to enhance safety of the operators, as well as that of the passengers, as they will no longer be allowed to move on highways.

“What the Minister is asking is just to restrict themselves to areas designated for them to operate. They cannot be everywhere across the city, particularly on major highways and in the city centre.  The ordered deployment of high capacity buses from the fleets of Abuja Urban Mass Transport will cushion the effects of the ban.”

Commending the operators for the level of compliance, the chairman said the operators have demonstrated their patriotism by respecting the rules. He however, called on the aggrieved owners of the tricycles to key into government's transportation policies.

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