Human error, rickety vehicles, and failure to obey safety rules among others have been identified as some of the factors responsible for tanker explosion in the country.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, disclosed this while featuring on the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, Radio Station, FUNAAB Radio 89.5FM live interactive programme, Boiling Point, monitored by our correspondent.
According to him, safety starts with humans by checking if they are psychological-balanced and not exposing other road users to danger due to their own errors.
He noted that from empirical evidence some of the drivers operating these articulated vehicles were not psychological balanced, some were underaged while some were under influence of drugs before mounting the wheel of such vehicles and with that “they are a disaster waiting to happen on the road.”
He added that some of these drivers suffered fatigue having no rest after long distance driving on the road, some overloaded their vehicles and others engaged in speeding.
He called on Nigerians to always be safety conscious and adhere to road rules and regulations in order to reduce crashes to the barest minimum.
“Some of the challenges we have on our road are human error, some of these drivers are not psychological balanced before mounting the vehicles, some of these vehicles are old, while some of the drivers drive under the influence of drugs,” he said.
Akinbiyi said there was a lot of pressure on roads and Nigerians should always plan their journey and practice defensive techniques.
The TRACE spokesman said the traffic agency engage tanker owners and drivers through seminars, sensitisation programmes, and workshops on proper road usage.