NPA, FRSC extend deadline on truck standardisation

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Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have extended the March 1, deadline given  to truck owners to improve the standard of their  trucks  in the ports.
A visit to Apapa and Tin Can ports in Lagos shows  that there were  normal truck movement in and out of the ports.
The Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) had met with representatives of the FRSC last week to  demand more time to phase out the rickety trucks.
AMATO had also faulted the policy on the grounds that it will further increase spending by truck owners as Vehicle Inspection Officers  (VIOs) undertake similar duties.
Chairman of AMATO, Chief Remi Ogungbemi, confirmed his association’s meeting with FRSC officials.
He said the corps officers promised taking truck owners’ complaints to the headquarters of the FRSC for consideration but no official communication has been received from the corps.
NPA and FRSC had on February 9, 2017 signed a memorandum of understanding to enforce truck standards at the nation’s ports with effect from March 1, 2017.
Speaking during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the FRSC in Lagos, Director General of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mrs. Bala Usman said the NPA has the responsibility to protect lives and property of all stakeholders accessing its services by ensuring that all articulated vehicles and trucks which on daily basis freight containers and assorted bulk cargoes to different parts of the country meet the required minimum safety standards.
Usman said NPA was collaborating with the FRSC as part of efforts to put lasting solutions to the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway gridlock.
She said NPA is collaborating with FRSC and other safety enforcement agencies to achieve safety standard for trucks accessing the ports by adopting the Road Traffic Safety Standardisation Scheme, which includes regular inspection and certification.
“Apapa for example, is home to Nigeria’s two foremost ports which are being managed by nine terminal operators. Between the two ports, more than 65 per cent of dry cargoes and about 90 per cent of the nation’s liquid (petroleum products) are handled,” she said.

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