Metro FRSC Moves to Professionlize Commercial Driving



The FRSC said in Ibadan on Wednesday that plans were underway to professionalise commercial driving in the country.

Mr Osita Chidoka, the Corps Marshall and Chief Executive, said this at an interactive forum held in Ibadan to sensitise articulated vehicle drivers on the need to obey road safety rules.

Chidoka, represented by Mr Danjuma Garba, the Deputy Corps Marshall, Operations, said the commission would ensure that touts do not take over commercial driving.

“We introduced the commercial driving licence, Class E, to make the point that commercial driving is a profession that must be dignified.

“When you consider the financial value of these trailers and the worth of goods they are loaded with, we do not expect just anybody to sit behind the wheels and drive them.

“Without going through the required processes of attending approved driving schools and conducting all necessary medical tests, you are not qualified to call yourself a commercial driver.

“Commercial driving should no longer be seen as a profession for dropouts or for touts. We may not be there yet, but we are working to get there,” he said.

He, however, pleaded with commercial drivers and their unions to ensure the initiative was successfully implemented.

“Since we are not operating in a banana republic, we have laws and regulations that you must be willing to abide with.

“It pays to be on the side of the law, so I will urge you to ensure that your vehicle particulars are in order, avoid taking drugs and be ready to obey all traffic regulations,” he said.



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