The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is already recording success in its resolve to stop the menace of conveying passengers with trailers.

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Over the years, many lives have been lost to several road traffic crashes involving articulated vehicles which usually carry passengers on top of cargo in the trailers.

Only about two weeks ago, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dauda Biu, inaugurated an inter-agency Joint Task Force to operate along critical corridors
And the task force has already apprehended 35 trailers carrying 982 passengers.

According to the reports of the special intervention patrol operations forwarded to the National Headquarters, a total of 19 trailers carrying 810 people where apprehended on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

Also, the JTF team covering Bauchi-Maiduguri general operation area of the Corps also arrested 16 trailers conveying 172 passengers on that route.

The arrests were perfected within the first one week beginning from 23 to 30 March, 2024 of its operations on the identified routes.

According to the FRSC image maker, ACM Jonas Agwu, “At the points of arrests, the Inter-agency Joint Task Force ensured that all passengers onboard the trailers were dropped, cautioned against the deadly act and asked to join passenger vehicles designed for conveying people.

“While the special operations is going on, the Corps Marshal also directed Sector Commanders of the states where the act is more prominent, to sustain ongoing engagement with the leadership of road transport unions as well as owners of articulated vehicles. This is to ensure that drivers who engage in such traffic violations are cautioned.”

The Corps Marshal had earlier flagged off the Inter-agency Joint Task Force on March 23, 2024 in Kaduna State, comprising of the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, State Traffic Management Agencies and Transport Unions.

The mandate of the JTF is to mitigate trailer related crashes and fatalities as well as stop the use of trailers to convey passengers following the spate of a number of avoidable crashes that involved trailers loaded with goods, animals and passengers that led to deaths and injuries.