The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi has said that issuing colour codes for taxi cabs operating in the Federal Capital Territory would address the rising incidents of ‘one chance’ robberies.
He described the use of unpainted taxis as a security risk, noting that robbery incidents involving unregistered vehicle operators popularly known as one chance could be resolved through colour-coding cabs and commercial buses operating in Abuja.
Speaking when the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, visited him at the FRSC headquarters in Abuja on Friday, to discuss the traffic and security challenges in the city, Oyeyemi pointed out that the FCT had overtaken Lagos in vehicle registration.
He said, “The FCT has overtaken Lagos in vehicle registration; Though, this translates to more revenue, it is putting more demands on infrastructure. The existing laws are enough to ensure safety on FCT roads if enforced.
“The use of unpainted taxis is a security risk which can be addressed by colour-coding the cabs operating in Abuja. Commercial vehicles should be registered and carry illuminated taxi signs.”
The Corps Marshal presented a roadmap to the minister on resolving the traffic congestion in the FCT arising from noncompliance to regulations as well as counter-measures to the identified challenges.
He identified the traffic challenges in FCT to include illegal motor parks, disregard for traffic control signs, driving against traffic, abuse of siren, non-use of pedestrian bridges by commuters, parking on service lane and sidewalks by motorists, traffic light violation and other infractions.
Oyeyemi recommended the deployment of security personnel to enforce traffic laws in strategic parts of the city and enforcement of the ban on tricycles and motorcycles from the highway.
He added, “This initiative can best be carried out with requisite personnel and logistics support hence the need for security backup, light tow trucks, vehicles, bikes, monitoring to ensure compliance and deployment plan.”
The FRSC boss further recommended the establishment of mobile courts, provision of designated parking space, conduct of safety audit of FCT road network and funding for the roadmap.
The minister lauded Oyeyemi for the initiative which he said would be implemented within the next few weeks, adding that tricycles and motorcycles would no longer be allowed to operate in Asokoro and Life Camp areas of Abuja.
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