The Corps Marshal of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has said that colour-coding taxis would address incidences of one-chance robbery in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Speaking while presenting a proposal for towards improving road traffic management in FCT, Mr. Boboye observed that the use of unpainted vehicles for taxi and accompanying security risks was one of the identified challenges bedeviling Road Traffic Management.
“The FCT is one of the international gate-ways to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As the capital city and seat of power, Abuja is host to foreign missions, international personalities and business interest.
“The political, economic and administrative activities are of strategic importance to the nation which necessitate influx of people with relative increase in road traffic volume.
”The city is currently bedeviled with traffic congestion arising from noncompliance to road traffic regulations by some motor vehicle operators as well as other road users.
“FRSC would team up to make Abuja a model. FCT has the highest vehicle registration presently after taking over from Lagos.
“One of the countermeasures is to engage the Unions to paint their taxis to approved FCT colours and fix taxi overhead lamp on vehicles within one week.
“Also engagement of the taxi unions to move to approved designated motor parks within one week,” he said.
Mr. Boboye said that the success of the initiative could best be carried out with requisite personnel and logistics support hence the need to provide security back up.
“Light tow trucks, vehicles, bikes and personnel. Monitoring to ensure compliance would also help to counter this menace,” he said.
The corps marshal said that the need to ensure that commercial vehicles are registered and carry “Taxi” sign and coded was necessary.
“The proposed plan of action if facilitated, would not only make Abuja city devoid of traffic indiscipline as currently prevalent, but also enhance the aesthetic value of the city,” he said.