The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has urged tanker drivers and owners of other vehicles not to park indiscriminately on the nation’s highways.
FRSC’s Deputy Corps Marshal (Operations), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the warning on Tuesday during a road inspection tour from Lagos to Mowe in Ogun.
He said drivers who failed to heed the warning would be prosecuted and remanded in prison.
The FRSC official said the road inspection tour, organised simultaneously across the country, was aimed at sensitising road users to be safety conscious during the rainy season.
He said the one-week event tagged “operation rain storm’’ was aimed at sensitising drivers on the difficulties of driving during the rainy season.
Oyeyemi said mobile courts had been established on the highways to try drivers caught obstructing traffic on the highways.
He said FRSC would ensure that erring drivers were remanded in prison.
“There is need for drivers to obey road regulations. Our major problem is tanker drivers that park along the Lagos- Ibadan expressway.
“It is sad that no level of campaign can change them from parking on the roads.
But we cannot continue to condone lawlessness,’’ Oyeyemi said.
He disclosed that about 1,000 road offenders had been prosecuted weekly since mobile courts were established by the FRSC across the nation.
Oyeyemi said records in the organisation showed that 12,000 defaulters were prosecuted since the beginning of the year.
The deputy corps marshal also disclosed that 200,000 new vehicle numbers plate had so far been issued in Lagos State alone.
“At least eight out of 10 cars on Lagos roads have new number plates compared to other states, even though the closing date for the issuance of the new number plates still remains Sept.
30, 2013,’’ he said.