Following high fatality rate of the accidents caused by fuel tankers and articulated vehicles on major highways, Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello, has advocated a legislation to sanitise the usage of the roads by such vehicles.
The position of the governor is coming on the heels of the accident caused by an overloaded fuel tanker that left two dead and seven injured at Kwamba, in Suleja local government area of the state. He said this in Suleja at the weekend during on the spot assessment of the accident that national legislation to regulate the maximum weight fuel tankers and articulated vehicles plying high ways should carry in order to preserve the life span of the roads and lives.
While commiserating with the families of the victim of the accident, the governor said the legislation should carry stiff penalties for the owners of heavy duty vehicles driven by underage drivers.
“The fatality of accidents caused by overloaded trucks and articulated vehicles is becoming alarming. We have to put in a national legislation that will regulate and place a maximum load weight these trucks should carry on our highways. We need to sanitise our highways.
“We have been warning trailers of dangers of carrying overload. It is high time we back these warnings up, with laws that will regulate and penalise offenders. I learnt this tanker carried over 45,000 liters. There is need to review and peg the quantity of fuel tankers and weight of cargoes trailers plying our roads should carry,” he added.
Reacting to the report that underage driver was behind the wheels of the tanker in the accident he said: “I also understand that the yet to be found under age driver of the tanker lost control and ran into people’s property killing two people and injuring seven. This has further underscore the need for a law to penalise owners of vehicles driven by these kid drivers.”