Poor Driving Schools Behind Road Crashes, Says Nigeria Conference of VIOs

 

The Conference of Directors/Chief Road Traffic Officers (VIOs) has said that poor driving schools is behind Nigeria’s high rate of accident in the country.

The conference which urged states to begin certification of riders, said there is inadequate attention to standardization of driving schools and quality of drivers’ education by most road traffic agencies and other regulatory agencies.

A communique issued at the end of it conference held in Abuja between 30 November, 2021 to 2 December, 2021 and signed by it National Chairman, Sir Bepeh Paul and National Secretary, Durojaye Babawale, respectively, the conference said many States across the country do not have standard training institute to certify professional drivers and driving school instructors, attributing such menace to the high rate of accident in the country.

The the conference with the theme, “Effective Drivers’ Education and Road Traffic Law Enforcement; Panacea to Safer Roads in Nigeria”, resolved that all States across the Nation and the FCT should embark on massive driver education to create awareness towards improving driving culture in the country.

“All States of the Federation should establish structures to regulate and standardize driving schools and drivers’ education.

“All States of the Federation should establish Model Drivers’ Institute to certify professional drivers/riders and driving school instructors.

“Urgent steps should be taken to review training methodology and content of drivers’ training curriculum.

“All States of the Federation and the FCT should invest in information technology infrastructure towards automating theoretical drivers’ testing procedure (Computer Based Test) and establish system handshake with tripartite arrangement (VIO, BIR and FRSC) platform for seamless transfer of qualified applicants for biometric capturing. This will eliminate the present manual approval method and improve drivers’ license integrity.”

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According to the communique, “All States should adopt the use of technology to encourage harmonization of data among States to enhance joint enforcement to improve safety and compliance, reduce job related hazards, remove human sentiments and enhance revenue generation.

“All States should commence certification of riders and issuance of Riders Certification Cards with immediate effect to stem the rise of insecurity and safety issues associated with motorcycle and tricycle operations.

“All States of the Federation should ensure that vehicle inspection is properly carried out before the issuance of roadworthiness certificate. Roadworthiness certificate issued from States where inspections are not properly carried out before issuance of roadworthiness certificate should be rejected across the Country from January 2022.

“States that are still using manual inspection method should as a matter of urgency migrate to computerized vehicle inspection system. All States of the Federation should as a matter of fact enact or review their road traffic laws, regulations and guidelines to address the modern-day realities and challenges in road traffic administration, regulation and enforcement,” the communique added.

While calling for all Road Traffic Units and Divisions to be upgraded to Departments or full fledge Agency the conference also asked for improved manpower development, funding and staffing of vehicle inspection and drivers testing activities.

“This will position the States for responsibilities and to benefit from available funds and capacity building opportunities towards achieving the UN Decade of Action on Road Traffic Safety and Injury prevention of reducing road crashes by 50% by 2030. All appointed Chiefs and Directors of State Road Traffic Divisions and Agencies should henceforth attend mandatory Road Traffic Officers training at Road Traffic Officers Academy, Abuja before assuming positions of leadership at their various States.

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