The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has declared 18-seater passenger buses as crash-prone, advising motorists against using them for long distance travels.
Dispensing the advice at a news conference on Friday in Abuja, Nigeria’a Federal Capital Territory (FCT), FRSC Corps Marshal Dauda Biu claimed that most traffic accidents recorded in the country allegedly involved 18-seater buses.
The 18-seater buses, according to him, were designed for short distance travels.
Biu lamented that there was alarming rate of crashes and fatalities from accidents that occurred as a result of night journeys and excessive speed in the country.
In his words: “A lot of crashes we have recorded involved 18-seater buses and the crashes also occurred at night. This is devastating and worrisome.
“To this end, great emphasis must be made to discourage the use of 18-seater buses registered under intrastate mass transit, for interstate long journeys.
“A practice that contradicts the use of high-capacity luxury buses specifically designed for such purposes.”
Biu said that the FRSC had put in measures to ensure drastic decline in road traffic crashes by up-scaling and improving the quality of its public education and enforcement campaigns.
He explained that the FRSC would constitute a think-tank to map out strategic initiatives for the rebirth and upgrade of enlightenment campaigns in motor parks across the country.
The Corps Marshal added that the FRSC would broaden existing relationships with stakeholders to secure their buy-in on driver education.
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