The Federal Capital Territory Administration on the charge of disobeying its advisory on control of the coronavirus has arrested 72 drivers.
The FCTA had warned motorists against overloading as part of efforts to promote social distancing.
The Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Task Team on Control of Traffic, Ikharo Attah, said the 72 vehicles were impounded by the enforcement team comprising men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Directorate of Road Transport Services and the Police Force.
“The men of the Federal Road Safety Corps have been impounding vehicles, the VIO have been impounding vehicles and all government agencies have been encouraged to impound vehicles that break the laws of overload and penalise in line with the rules that stipulate the offences against overloading.
“Lastly today what I see is that they have been able to discourage those who carry two or three passengers in the front seat. We have also been encouraging transporters to carry only three passengers at the back. Usually, they carry four passengers at the back but we want to discourage that.
“So far so good all relevant agencies have been effecting the arrest and as the days goes by the number of impounded vehicles will likely to increase.”
He said the administration was discussing with drivers of high capacity buses to reduce, if possible, totally eliminate standing in high capacity buses.
Ikharo added that the enforcement team was also trying to discourage overcrowding at the entry points where conductors would have some people hanging with him.

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