The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), otherwise known as Vehicles Inspection Officers (VIOs) said that it has partnered with the Nigerian Army to enforce traffic rules and restore sanity on the roads.
Director of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) DRTS, Alhaji Wadata Aliyu Bodinga, who disclosed this during a visit by the commander, Army Headquarters Garrison, Ayuba Hamman, to the headquarters of the directorate in Mabushi-Abuja, noted that unbridled driving against traffic had become a major challenge to the directorate as it poses a great danger to road users.
Bodinga frowned that despite the ban on the operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles within the city centre, their activities have become a major challenge to his men and other paramilitary agencies involved in traffic management.
He further noted that commercial motorcyclists and taxi drivers were major culprits, describing the act as suicidal, just as he lamented the presence of rickety vehicles all over the city, saying that a good number of such vehicles have been dismembered after carrying out necessary inspections.
The director reiterated that every crime in the territory is linked to the activities of unpainted taxis plying the city and the unregistered tricycles in different locations, adding that plans are underway to have the operators’ information on the directorate’s database.
Earlier in his speech, the Commander Army headquarters Garrison, Major General Ayuba Hamman explained that his team were in the directorate to acquaint themselves of their responsibilities, promising to assist in any area that would enhance discipline.
He stated that every action taken against any traffic offender should be such that would serve as deterrent, adding that some countries that implemented such action had instilled discipline on their roads.