Overloading of trucks have been identified as the major cause of road failure and accidents in the country.
This was the position of the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola on Friday when he toured Federal Government assets in Lagos State.
Fashola disclosed that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is putting efforts in place to ensure that overloaded trucks are not allowed to ply the highways again.
The minister revealed that a measurement scale device installed on a computer will be put in place around the nation to ensure that trucks and haulage vans do not convey excess goods.
He said, “Once you exceed the specified ACSU load, the specified tonnage per ACSU load, then we have a problem in terms of law and order.”
“These are the consequences: you will pay fines ranging from N1 million to N10 million. So the reason we have done that is that we want to make it cheaper to comply and very expensive to break the law. That way, we hope that people will choose to comply instead of paying excessive penalties.”
SWITCH NIGERIA recalls that the Federal Road Safety Corps boss, Boboye Oyeyemi had in 2017, also linked most fatal road crashes in the country to overloading of commercial vehicles traveling at nights.