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FRSC begins psychiatric test for traffic law offenders July 1

By on June 14, 2017

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said it will resume enforcement of psychiatric tests on traffic law offenders in the country with effect from July 1.

In a statement signed by the commission’s Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi stated this at the opening of a five-day training programme for 22 FRSC officials on traffic safety for Non-motorised transportation (NMT) in Abuja.

Oyeyemi said the test would focus on four areas of violations namely, use of phone while driving, traffic light and route violations as well as dangerous driving.

The move, according to him, is necessitated by continued violations in the identified four areas despite efforts by the Corps to change the behaviour of motorists through education and enforcement.

“We are worried about the continuous use of phone while driving, traffic light violations, route violations and dangerous driving.”

“I have invited the commanding officers for a strategic session on Friday.”

“We will give them full directives to resume the referral of all these class of offenders to various government hospitals for check of their mental state.”

“I think it is an act of irresponsibility for somebody to be driving and be using phone or for a traffic light to stop you and you are jumping the line.”

“It means something is wrong with your mental faculty. So, there is need to examine this, to really check whether you are fit to drive, whether you have the mental capability.’’

“Fine is not the issue; the issue is we need a positive attitudinal change of Nigeria.”

“We cannot continue to be having fatal crashes due to traffic light violations, people jumping the traffic lights, I think it is crass irresponsibility,” he said.

Oyeyemi said that offenders would bear the cost of the test in addition to paying the stipulated fines.

He stated that the FRSC was empowered by its enabling act to undertake the proposed psychiatric examination.

“The Act (FRSC Establishment Act) is very clear on this. You can challenge it. People have been challenging the act, and that is the beauty of democracy.

“You can challenge it if you want to. For you to have a drivers license, you must go for medical test.

“So, I can refer you back for medical check. What I am asking you to do is to go back for rechecking whether you are actually fit for driving, simple. It is very clear.

“The offender will bear the cost. When they confirm that he is fit, then he will go for retraining programme and pay the fine.’’

Oyeyemi said the NMT training programme, which is sponsored by the Government of Netherlands through its embassy in Nigeria, was pursuant to corps’ determination to mainstream non-motorised transportation in the country.

Non-motorised transportation includes walking, bicycling, skating, wheelchair travel and other forms of human powered transportation.

Oyeyemi said that besides reducing accidents, bicycling promotes clean urban transportation and physical fitness. He said the FRSC had been in the forefront of the campaign for cycling as a means of transportation in the country over the years.

According to him, the corps has developed working documents, built collaborations with other stakeholders and rolled out several programmes including the National Bicycle Week as part of its advocacy.

“There is no reason why I cannot ride bicycle from my house to the office which I will be doing once in a while. We should ride our bicycles which is another form of exercise,’’ he said.


[Daily Trust]