FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has recommended a nationwide ban on commercial motorcycles as part of efforts to reduce accidents on the road.

The recommendation forms part of the October Road Traffic Crash (RTC) Report 2016 the Corps’ Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, submitted to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.

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The News of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the RTC report fingers motorcycles as major causes of fatal road accidents in Nigeria.

According to the report, 1,259 road accidents occurred in October 2016 with 18 per cent (230) directly linked to motorcycles. Motorcycle accidents ranked third after cars which accounted for 457 cases or 36 percent, followed by minibuses with 243 or 19 percent of the total.

Oyeyemi said the analysis show that motorcycles pose a serious threat to lives on the Nigerian roads and serious consideration has to be given to the option of a total ban of the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes,

“In view of the above, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation should facilitate and encourage state governments to ban the use of motorcycle for commercial purposes,” he said.

Commercial motorcycles are currently banned from major routes in some cities and towns including Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, This is due to the fatal accidents and their link in aiding the fast getaway of criminal elements in the country.

In 2014, the National Council on Transport recommended their ban nationwide “to ensure adequate provision of safe and secure means of transportation in the country”.