As a part of measures to ease traffic congestion at peak periods, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has stopped personnel of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) from inspecting vehicle particulars in the city before 10am daily.
This was as the Administration insisted that there was no going back on its earlier decision to restrict the movements of heavy-duty vehicles in the territory to off-peak periods, warning of severe sanctions for those who violate the policy.
Before now, the FCT Administration had ordered that vehicle inspection should commence from 9am, but after a series of meetings with stakeholders, an additional hour was added so as to avoid clogging the roads during the early morning rush hour.
Chairman, FCT Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Management, Ikharo Attah, who announced this in a statement Monday in Abuja explained that the decision was borne out of complaints from residents of the city that the checking of vehicles from 9am has compounded the traffic snarl in the territory and led to loss of man-hours.
His words: “By this, the road traffic officers of various agencies must focus on freeing traffic from 5am to 10am in the morning. They are to commence checking of vehicles and their particulars from 10am across the city.”
The journalist-turned-traffic-manager, was quick to point out that, “the enforcement does not affect the stopping and arrest of heavy duty vehicles driving during peak traffic periods. Any such vehicle must be stopped from plying the road in accordance with approved policy to avert fatal road crashes occasioned by break failures usually associated with such heavy duty vehicles.”
The traffic task team chairman also dismissed reports that traffic officials were causing traffic congestion by checking vehicle particulars in the evenings on the Abuja-Keffi road.
He said all traffic officers on evening duties did not check documents but were positioned to sustain a seamless flow of traffic.
He however warned that the shift in the commencement of vehicles inspection time was not a licence for drivers of rickety vehicles to flood the city in the morning.