VEHICLE drivers in Anambra State have been warned that from henceforth, defaulters of traffic rules and regulations will face judgment and jail terms after undergoing psychiatric tests.
The sector commander FRSC in the state, Corps Commander Andrew Kumapayi disclosed this during the inauguration of Association of Taxi Car Operators of Anambra State at the Prof Kenneth Dike Digital Library Hall, Awka.
Kumapayi said his office had commenced plans in collaboration with Anambra State Government to arrange tripartite traffic judges involving the VIO, FRSC and state government who would place defaulters on psychiatric tests before prosecution.
The commander called on members of the association to obey traffic rules and regulations, observe COVID 19 protocols, install Speed Limiting Device, and keep their vehicles in good order.
He mentioned Defensive Driving Technique as a way of avoiding reckless drivers who beat traffic lights and overtake wrongly, thereby causing road accidents.
Inaugurating the association, the Commissioner for Transport, Afam Mbanefo declared that Governor Willie Obiano mandated him to drive and ensure the association becomes the best Taxi cab outfit in Nigeria.
The commissioner disclosed that the state had developed solutions and applications for easy identification and safety of vehicles and occupants.
“Your partnership with the state will make you run a safe, reliable and profitable business”, he added.
Addressing the association, the Vehicle Inspection Officer, Anambra State, Ralph Okoye stressed the need for the association to bring their vehicles to his office after inauguration, for computerised inspection.
Mr.Okoye said the vehicles will pass through mechanical, alignment, shock absorber, and OBD sections to ensure functionality.
Also speaking, the Chairman, youth wing of Christian Association of Nigeria Nwabueze Nwokoye pleaded with commissioner Afam Mbanefo to refine the state transportation so that youths and graduates will see the sector as a place to make out a living.
In a vote of thanks, the chairman of the association Chekwube Lucky Okoli on behalf of the executive thanked Governor Obiano for his approval and support.
Mr Okoli also commended Commissioner Mbanefo, Commander Kumapayi, VIO Ralph Okoye, DSS officials, and government functionaries among others for their time.
He promised that the association will put to work all that they learnt to restore sanity on the roads.