By Sunny A. David
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Anambra State Sector Command has impounded more than ten tippers and articulated vehicles in Onitsha.
This is in continuation of its exercise to clamp down on heavy duty vehicles that are not road worthy which mostly lead to road crashes in the State.
The exercise started from Atani by Obodo Ukwu junction through Harbor Industrial layout, Ahia Idemili and Iyiowa Odekpe.
On arrival at different locations, some of the tipper drivers ran away leaving their vehicles behind while others who followed the FRSC officials to their station earlier resisted the enforcement.
Speaking shortly after the exercise, the Anambra State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr. Andrew Kumapayi said the command is not backing down from clamping down on defaulters noting that the exercise is to reduce to the barest minimum the menace caused by heavy duty vehicle drivers on roads.
He also said that the exercise which started in Awka would be extended
to other zones of the command and warned the drivers to put their vehicles in order before using the road or face the consequences.
One of the tipper drivers, Mr. Ekezie Okoye, whose vehicle was impounded admitted that he is at fault by not having a head lamp and side mirror which could cause accident at night and asked that his vehicle be released to enable him source money to fix his vehicle.
Most of the vehicles impounded lack either or all of the following, side mirrors, deflated tyres, no head lamps, faulty brakes and door handles among others.
Those who joined in the exercise were the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, Vehicle Inspection Officials VIO and the Nigeria Police Force.