FRSC says tankers, trucks to be barred from climbing Lagos bridges

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The Federal Road Safety Corps has said that efforts are being made to place bars on some Lagos bridges to prevent indiscriminate parking of tankers and articulated vehicles. Mr Hyginus Omeje, the FRSC Lagos State Sector Commander, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday. Omeje said that a committee had been inaugurated to look into how owners of trucks and tankers could do their business without climbing bridges in the state.

“We are working on how truck drivers can use the ground instead of climbing bridges in Lagos State to prevent accidents and gridlock. “It has been proposed by the government that we can bar the bridges to prevent accidents and indiscriminate parking of trucks and tankers on the bridges,’’ he said. According to him, putting bars on the bridges will curtail gridlock and crashes involving cars and articulated vehicles especially the over-aged ones. The FRSC boss said that many of the tankers and trucks had been on the road for more than 25 years, saying that some of the vehicles could not withstand the load placed on them.

“Many of them break down on top of the bridges and cause traffic jam. ‘’Many truck and tanker drivers deliberately park on the bridges on their way to Apapa Port and obstruct vehicular movement. All these acts will end soon. “We are more concerned about the menace of gridlock on roads leading to Apapa Port.