Following the inauguration of the Association of Taxi Cab Operators which held in Awka recently, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Anambra Chapter has warned that henceforth, motorists in Anambra state who commit traffic offences will undergo psychiatric tests before being prosecuted for the violations.
This warning which was issued by Corps Commander Andrew Kumapayi, the FRSC sector commander in the state, is in collaboration with the Anambra State Government and is geared towards putting together a tripartite team involving representatives of the FRSC, Vehicles Inspection Officers (VIOs), and the state government.
In addition, this tripartite team will ensure that traffic offenders undergo psychiatric tests prior to facing prosecution. As a matter of fact, Kumapayi beckoned on members of the association to obey traffic rules and regulations, observe COVID -19 protocols, install speed limiting device, and keep their vehicles in good order.
He also admonished drivers to embrace defensive driving technique as a way of avoiding reckless drivers who, among various other road traffic offences, beat traffic lights and overtake wrongly, thereby causing road accidents.
Afam Mbanefo, Commissioner for Transport in the state who was present at the inauguration declared that Gov. Willie Obiano mandated him to drive and ensure the association becomes the best taxi cab operators’ body in Nigeria. He also stated that the state had developed an application for easy identification and safety of vehicles and occupants.
Conversely, Mr. Ralph Okoye, the Vehicle Inspection Officer while addressing the association emphasized on the need for the association to bring their vehicles to his office after inauguration, for computerized inspection.