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VIO arrests 50 dispatch riders over route violations

The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has arrested over 50 dispatch riders for riding against one-way and…

The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has arrested over 50 dispatch riders for riding against one-way and beating traffic lights within the city centre.

The Director (DRTS), otherwise known as VIO, Alhaji Wadata Bodinga, made this known while briefing newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.

Bodinga warned that the conduct and activities of dispatch riders in the city would no longer be acceptable by the Federal Capital Territory Administration and the motoring public.

He revealed that the directorate had received a lot of complaints about the conduct of some dispatch riders within the city and we have seen it too.

“We are here to display the dispatch riders that we arrested for either riding against one-way in the city or beating the traffic lights.

“As you may observe that the number of dispatch riders has increased within the city, probably because of the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging not only Abuja or Nigeria but the whole world.

“Because of their door-to-door services (dispatch riders), which can actually ease people that are staying at home to be able to deliver some of their needs.

“But equally, you can agree with me that their activities and conduct on the road is no longer acceptable. We have received a lot of complaints about their conduct and we have seen it too.

“Just between Tuesday and today Wednesday, over 50 motorcycles and dispatch riders have been arrested for various offences.

“Because majorly they are the major culprit of this beating of traffic and riding on one-way in the city, which is not acceptable because they are trading with their own safety and the safety of other road users,” Bodinga said.

He said that the directorate had directed all the people arrested for following one-way and those beating traffic to go for emotional evaluation at the recognised hospital in the FCT.

The director said that the enforcement was a continuous one, adding that all the Area Commands are detailed to ensure that traffic rules and regulations must be respected in the city.

” This is Abuja and even where the traffic lights are not working our men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force are there to ensure sanity.

“People should be seen to at least obey the traffic lights in the territory and sadly, that is not the case when it come to this dispatched riders as you can see the results of the operation.”

Bodinga disclosed that majority of them did not register with the authority as dispatch riders.

“Because they are dispatch riders, we expect that these motorcycles should be owned by cooperate organisations but from the record we have we realised that most of them are just owned by individuals who just decided to put the box and start operation.”


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