ANAMBRA Commissioner for Transport, Christian Madubuko has directed Anambra State Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) to commence checks on road worthiness of heavy vehicles, especially trucks transporting petroleum products.
Madubuko said this while interacting with newsmen in his office.
According to him, “this is aimed at preventing a re-occurrence of fire outbreak, occasioned by use of rickety trucks in conveying sensitive products such as petroleum products. The leadership of VIOs had been mandated to devise means of checking road worthiness of such vehicles at state borders, before being allowed into the state.
“This will ensure that only vehicles that are roadworthy will ply Anambra Roads; it will help to prevent fires and consequent loss of life and property.”
The state government only recently announced the restriction of the movement of trucks laden with petroleum products from 8 pm to 5 am.
“They are also to ensure that vehicles do not exceed the speed limit of 90 kilometres per hour,” Madubuko added.
The restriction was to enable agencies like the Anambra State Fire Service, Anambra Traffic Management Agency (ATMA) and other relevant agencies to respond effectively and in good time to emergencies.