The Anambra State commissioner for transport, Mr Chuma Mbonu has said that vehicles that are not road worthy will be impounded by the commission and their owners made to pay heavy fines after fixing their vehicles.
Mbonu said the idea behind the exercise which has already started is to reduce road accidents in the state by ensuring that vehicles that as not certified to be road worthy by the authorities do not ply the roads as they pose danger to the owners and other road users.
Speaking during a recent workshop organized by the commission in collaboration with the management of Transport Company of Anambra State, TRACAS for all drivers of the state government owned company, Mbonu said the drivers are being trained to meet the needs of their job in this changing times.
“The idea is to ensure that the drivers of the company conform with road safety standards and exhibit competence in the profession, and to learn new traffic rules and regulation for optimum performance.
“Accidents are caused and not destined, and they give rise to loss of lives and property. We are holding this workshop to empower our drivers, and if other companies train their drivers, the road will be safe and loss of live and property will be less too.
“The management of TRACAS made a wise decision to organise this workshop, and the impact will be felt more by drivers who are daily exposed to life threatening risks. As this is done to equip them, their vehicles are also being put in order to ensure that they perform well.” Mbonu said.
Earlier, the general manager of the company, Mr Tony Ileka noted that TRACAS is a trusted company that has over the years worked hard to ensure standards.
“In our continued effort to keep the roads safe, we have complied with the Road Safety Standardisation Scheme as enshrined in the National Road Traffic Regulation of 2004. This has culminated in the certification of the company by the FRSC in class C group A.
He thanked the governor of the state, Chief Willie Obiano whom he said has been working hard to provide new and standard roads, and also reintroducing the road marking and directional signs on roads in the state a way of enhancing safety among drivers and pedestrians.