FRSC seeks permanent ban on commercial motorcycles

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has reached out to FG to ban commercial motorcycles popularly known as ‘Okada’.

The recommendation was part of the October Road Traffic Crash Report for 2016.

The report was submitted by the corps marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, to the secretary to the SGF, Babachir Lawal.

Oyeyemi stated that commercial motorcyclists remained a major cause of fatal road traffic accidents across the country.

For this reason, Oyeyemi advised state governments to consider banning them from operating.

“Following the outcome of the analysis, it could be concluded that motorcycle still constitutes serious menace on the nation’s highways.

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“Accordingly, improved results could be achieved in the future.

“This will happen if state governments will consider placing a ban on the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes.

“In view of the above, the SGF should encourage state governments to ban the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes,” Oyeyemi said.

The RTC statistics showed that 18% of a total of 1,259 vehicles involved in accidents in October were commercial motorcycles.

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According to the report, motorcycle accidents ranked third after cars.

Okada accidents accounted for 36%, followed by mini-buses with 19% of the total figure of accidents.