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FRSC Partners Australian Firm On Drivers’ Safety Training

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Austrian Technologies Nigeria Limited (ATN) and Test and Training International (TTI), a drivers’ safety training company, have partnered with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to introduce world class drivers’ safety training to professional drivers in Nigeria.

The programmed, Drivers’ Safety Training and Certification (DSTC), shall be implemented in cooperation with FRSC and Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) to build several drivers’ training tracks together with local investors throughout the country.

Structured training of driving instructors and drivers on state-of-the-art safety trainings tracks, as well as evaluation and certification of both instructors and professional drivers will be the pillars of the programme.

This was revealed during a press briefing and business networking cocktail event hosted by the Commercial Counsellor of the Austrian Embassy, Guido Stock, with the support by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) in Lagos.

Road transportation accounts for over 90 per cent of human mobility and haulage needs in Nigeria. According to FRSC, 53.8 per cent or 6.7 million out of a total of 12.5 million vehicles in operation in Nigeria are commercial vehicles.

The body added that the number of professional drivers, commercial vehicle drivers, blue light vehicle drivers (police, ambulance, fire fighters), governmental, army and diplomatic drivers in Nigeria is estimated to be between 17 to 20 million.

The Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, stated that the ATN/TTI programme is to supports and complements Driving School Standardisation Programme (DSSP) of the FRSC.  He stated that FRSC established DSSP to educate all road users on the proper use of highways, saying that by February 2018, 925 driving schools have been accredited and certified for the DSSP.

According to different statistics, road accident fatalities in Nigeria between 6,000 and 14,000 per annum. Also, 20 to 50 million people are said to be seriously injured in road accidents annually worldwide.

Experts said a great number of factors contribute to traffic accidents, including over speeding,  alcohol  influence and other psychoactive substances, non-use of protective gear, distracted driving, inadequate infrastructure, unsafe vehicles, spare parts, worn out tyres and inadequate enforcement of traffic rules.

Experts, however, added that said lack of traffic education, lack of basic understanding of the consequences of careless driving, improper driving training and lack of training in road and safety procedures, speed violation by drivers are the most significant factors contributing to the traffic accidents in Nigeria.

Boboye said that most Nigerian truck drivers graduate from motor mates with inadequate and structured training after years, saying that, “lack of well-trained drivers hampers on fleet utilisation, safe driving behaviours.’’

 

 


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