Over 70% per cent of drivers attached to most governors operate with expired licences and are not well trained, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi, said yesterday.
He spoke when he visited Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in Government House, Minna in continuation of the commission’s public sensitisation on use of standard tyres.
The corps marshal said the Federal Government is working on sensitisation programmes for drivers in the convoy of chief executives to educate them.
Oyeyemi, who was represented by Assistant Corps Marshal/ Head Policy, Research and Statistics Kayode Olagunju, explained that lack of knowledge on the expiration date of tyres by drivers has led to the loss of lives and other challenges in traffic management.
He added that this led the FRSC to begin a nationwide sensitisation on use of standard tyres.
According to him, a good percentage of road crash was caused by expired tyres.
He stressed that people were not taking the issue of tyres seriously as the usage of expired tyres, over-inflating and under-inflating of tyres were among the most significant challenges in the country’s traffic management.
Oyeyemi hailed the governor’s efforts in the massive construction and rehabilitation of roads network within the state.
He added that it would help in reducing carnage on highways and save lives of motorists.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Muhammed Ketso, urged the commission to create a synergy with other safety officers to ensure that the sensitisation programme get to the grassroots.