…Decries security agencies, other road users’ traffic disregard.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Authority (KASTLEA) has said over 70 percent road users have changed their vehicle particulars, including driving license and number plates, through the instrumentality of KASTLEA, and still counting.
The authority, however, lamented the lack of respect and compliance to traffic rules and regulations by security agencies and other road users, which has become a serious challenge to KASTLEA.
The Corps Marshall and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the authority, Major Garba Yahaya Rimi (Rtd), made the revelation in an interview with our correspondent in Kaduna.
He said KASTLEA has two major responsibilities, which includes enforcement and social service, adding, while the enforcement is facing a lot of issues, the social service is also having some issues, too.
Major Rimi said a situation where people are always trying to beat the traffic by all means, even when they have seen the red light signs stopping them, is unfair and against the law.
“The security agencies and other road users are our challenges. We’ve been paying courtesy visit to some of the security formations to canvass this issues. We discover that it’s the young Security Officers that are breaking the law, because the high ranking officers always conduct themselves in more responsible ways. Others
Include overloading of vehicles beyond the capacity it can take on the roads by vehicle owners,” he said.
According to him, the authority ensured that Road Marshals are deployed to 15 local government areas to lead their officers, while Senior and Assistant Corps Marshals are sent to supervise them from time-to-time.
“In carrying out our duties, we have been able to reduce the normal vehicle traffic we used to experience in parts of Kaduna cities and some LGAs since we came on board,” he said.
While he could not disclose the total number of motorcycles seized and kept in their custody because of the constant confiscation and releasing after paying fines of N10,000 and N19,000, in line with the laws, Major Rimi, however, warned that the ban on use of commercial bike is still in force.
According to him, the authority works strictly by the law, stressing that any motorcyclist backing a passenger is liable for arrest by KASTLEA officers, including private cyclists, going by their law.
“The law says, ‘if after six months the owners refused to come and pay and claim their bikes, the authority can approach the court for options.’” Findings, however, revealed that the numbers of seized motorcycles in the premises of KASTLEA during our interview are uncountable.
Also on security challenges and tough time the country is currently passing through, the retired Major noted that both terrorism and coronavirus that brought insecurity and tougher times are happening all over the world and, therefore, is everybody’s business.