Sunday, January 17, 2021

Ondo state government promises to check excesses of timber lorry drivers and owners

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Due to the rate of carnages on the roads borne out of mismanagement of trucks that carry logs, the Vehicle Inspection Services have called on drivers to ensure their vehicles are road worthy.

The Director Vehicle Inspection Services Ondo State chapter, Alaba Adeleye gave the charge in Akure.

Orange FM’s Oluseye Akinwalere reports that most times trucks carry logs are always in a deplorable state, lift more logs than they have the capacity to transport and lack maintenance.

A near fatal mishap at Road Block axis towards Orita obele where a truck conveying logs of wood lost control and had people scampering for dear life despite the fact that there were no casualties was shocking, pointing to the fact that if decisive action is not taken, worse things could happen in the nearest future.

Agbegilodo is now a word that strikes fear in the minds of citizens, and indeed it always has.

The Director of Vehicle Inspection Services in Ondo, Alaba Adeleye has however promised that the VIO would check the excesses of drivers of trucks, tankers, trailers and other articulated vehicles.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Tee Leo Ikoro gave a strong warning to motorists who drive recklessly, under influence of alcohol and assured that defaulters will face the full wrath of the law.

Also, the Spokesperson of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp in Ondo state, Mr Olufemi Omole urged motorists to make safety their watch word.

Reacting to public outcry for the Timber trucks to work at night, the Commissioner for Natural Resources, Mr. Idowu Otetubi said that could be counterproductive as it could encourage criminality.

He promised that the forestry department would be mandated to ensure compliance regarding the number of logs they convey at once.