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FCT: FRSC attributes influx of tricycles to failure of bus system

Tricycles on the road.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has attributed the influx of tricycles in the Federal Capital City (FCT) to the failure of bus system.

It said that the influx of tricycles into city roads as a means of transportation, is an indication of failure of intra-city bus systems.

Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja, on Friday.

Kazeem decried dominance of tricycles on busy roads, saying that it would have not been so, if intra-city bus systems were effective.

“The influx of Keke NAPEP and motorcycles into our road transportation system and especially in the urban traffic is a fall out of failure of intra-city bus system,’’ he said.

He also alleged that some state governments provided tricycle as a means of “dishing out welfare for the teeming unemployed youths.’’

“FRSC is concerned with this development which we can say is abnormal by modern transportation system but we are not folding our arms,’’ he said.

Kazeem said that part of the corps’ strategies to address the menace was to ensure that riders were properly trained and licenced.

He said that would enable riders to be easily identified in the event of accident or security threat traceable to them.

“That was why we were working on enforcement of number plates and rider’s licence which would have become effective from Aug.1.

“We agreed to shift the date of clampdown because of the appeal by the Joint Tax Board (JTB) to enable it engage more with States Board of Internal Revenue.

“But I wish to assure you that the corps is not resting on its oars.

“We will continue to engage various stakeholders to ensure that the dangers and security challenges posed by these operators do not overwhelm the nation,’’ he said.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the FRSC on July 24 announced shift of enforcement of number plates on motorcycles and tricycles and rider’s licence to Oct. 2.

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