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Truck owners collaborate with VIS to rid port roads of rickety vehicles.



Segun Oladipupo   |  

Private truck owners in Nigeria have said plans are underway to engage Vehicle Inspection Service to help in enforcement of standardisation of heavy-duty trucks plying the port roads.

President of the Council of Maritime Transport Unions and Associations (COMTUA), Mr. Leye Thompson made this known in a chat with newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday.

The move, according to him,  is to remove rickety trucks from haulage operations in Nigeria.

Thompson, who is the Managing Director, Thom Lee Nigeria Limited, a haulage outfit, was appointed as president of the Council, recently.

He assured drivers and their assistants of trainings as part of efforts to embrace digitisation in haulage business in the port.

The COMTUA boss added that plans were also in the pipeline to engage the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Lagos State Government to educate, enlighten and sensitize drivers in preparation for the future of the digital haulage business.

The CEO of Thom Lee Nigeria Limited reiterated that the psyche of truckers must change following the modern trends in haulage operations in line with modern best practices.

According to him, the transporters  group would continue to engage government and private sector players to ease free flow of vehicles to assist in trade facilitation,  pointing out that export-bound cargoes along the port corridors must be given topmost priority to access the Seaports in Lagos.

On the performance of the Presidential Taskforce on Apapa Traffic, Thompson thumbed up its performance, saying there is more free flow of traffic in the corridor than what used to obtain.

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