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Covid-19: FCTA Impounds 72 Vehicles For Overloading

24 March 2020 National News News

The FCT Administration has impounded 72 vehicles for overloading; inspite directives issued by the FCT Administration against overloading to check the spread of Corona Virus in the Territory.

Chairman of the Ministerial Task Team on Decongestion of Traffic, Ikharo Attah told newsmen in Abuja that the 72 vehicles impounded across the territory by enforcement team were impounded for violating the order.

According to Attah, the enforcement team comprises men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Directorate of Road Transport Services and the Police Force.

“I was at Nyanya, Dutse-Alhaji, Area one by Rano oil and from what I gathered from different government agencies, about 72 cars were impounded as at 12noon today.
“The Federal Road Safety, have been impounding vehicles, the VIO have been impounding vehicles and all government agencies have been encouraged to impound vehicles that bridge the laws of overload and penalise in line with the rules that stipulates the offences against overloading.’

Comrade Attah also encouraged taxi drivers to desist from carrying 6 passengers at once.

“They have been able to discourage those who carry two passengers at the front. We have also been encouraging transporters to carry only three passengers at the back. Usually they carry four passenger at the back but we want to discourage that” He stressed.

Comrade Attah also hinted that the FCT Administration was discussing with High Capacity bus transporters to reduce, and if possible, totally eliminate standing in high capacity buses.

“Though we have not been able to make any arrest on that one yet, we will commence intensive enforcement on high capacity buses, to discourage those who stand and those who hang around the doors.

“But we are appealing to commercial motorist particularly those of high capacity buses to please live their windows open for proper ventilation and ensure passengers by the windows leave them open because often times passengers by the window side want to take air that is sufficient for them without considering other passengers inside the bus”.

Comrade Attah further assured that the enforcement against overloading would be sustained in the territory even after the war against Coronavirus is won.

Remi Johnson/Abuja

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