The sustained drive by the Federal Road Safety Commission towards meeting the June 2014 deadline and seamless implementation of the new driver’s license, has received a boost with a strong pledge by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of the United States of America Department of Transportation, to support the FRSC to build a world class commercial driver’s license system.
This formed part of presentation by the Chief, Commercial Driver’s License Division Office of Safety Programs of the FMCSA, Selden Fritschner, during a meeting held to review progress of the various agreements between FRSC and United States of America Department of Transportation Agencies over the last four years. The meeting which is the fourth since 2008 was held during the 93rd Transport Research Board meeting at the Washington DC.
According to Fritschner, the FRSC has demonstrated high sense of commitment and consistency to reposition motor vehicle administration in Nigeria through the new driver’s licensing regime and indicated the willingness of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to add value to this initiative through the setting up of a world class commercial driver’s license system.
He added that the agency partners with Federal, State and Local enforcement agencies to ensure safety in motor carrier operations through strong enforcement of safety regulations; targeting high-risk carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers; improving safety information systems and commercial motor vehicle technologies; strengthening commercial motor vehicle equipment and operating standards; and increasing safety awareness in USA.
Responding, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the FRSC, Osita Chidoka commended the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for its endorsement of the Commission’s numerous initiatives, geared towards entrenching safer road use in Nigeria and the pledge to complement FRSC’s drive to restore the integrity of the driver’s license.
The FRSC team which was led by the Board Chairman, Chief Felix Chukwu was complimented by National Highway Traffic Safety Agency, the US Road Safety Lead Agency.
The Associate Administrator (Research Programme Development),Jeffrey Michael expressed delight at the remarkable achievements which the FRSC has made in road safety management and also disclosed plans to support the training of Nigerian judicial officers on traffic offense prosecution and trial.
The National Transportation Safety Board lauded the efforts of the FRSC for being focused and proactive in sourcing for support and collaboration in achieving set goals and for adopting its advise to set up an accident investigating unit in the FRSC