24th August, 2010
The unit commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Surulere, Lagos, Mr. Gregory Drambi, on Monday called for a law banning youths from driving articulated vehicles.
Drambi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that many of the frequent accidents involving trailers and tankers were mostly due to their being driven by inexperienced drivers.
“Most of the accidents on our roads involving tankers and trailers are caused by young, inexperienced and impatient drivers.
“Most of them over speed and overtake other vehicles, even at bends, without consideration for oncoming motorists,â€™â€™ he said.
According to Drambi, there will be less carnage on the highways if there is a law limiting the age of persons who can drive articulated vehicles.
He said that investigations by the commission showed that most of the accidents on Nigerian highways were caused by drivers aged between 18 years and 24 years.
“This category of people should not be allowed to drive lorries, tankers and trailers because they drive as if they are handling cars,â€™â€™ he said.