The Federal Road Safety Commission on Wednesday said Nigerians should disregard media reports that the commission had blacklisted Peace Mass Transit fleet as unsafe for road travelers.
The commission said a summon it issued to the management of PMT over crashes involving its vehicles had been largely misconstrued by a section of the media, resulting in erroneous reports about the safety of PMT vehicles.
The FRSC had on July 13 invited the transport company over crashes involving its vehicles.
The invitation was part of a larger new safety measure introduced by the FRSC in 2007.
The Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme is an intervention strategy for ensuring professionalism in road transport management in accordance with the FRSC Establishment Act 2007.
Through the measure, the FRSC said provisions were made for all road transport operators who engage in inter-state road transport services to establish a safety unit and appoint a safety officer as the head of the unit who shall ensure that operational standards are maintained as prescribed in the regulation.
Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, said the management of PMT had complied with all operational standards as recommended by the RTSSS, including a yearly certification programme.
“Since its inception in 2007, the RTSSS has registered 1,938 fleet operators, inspected terminals of 5,625 fleet operators and certified 3,704 fleet operators in its annual fleet certification exercise, while over 2,541 fleet operators’ safety managers have been trained.
“Over 5,000 drivers of fleet operators have been certified while 642 convoy drivers of the Nigeria governors were trained under the scheme. Peace Mass Transit Limited is registered with the scheme right from the inception and has been participating in the annual certification exercise,” he said.
Mr. Oyeyemi said his commission and the management of PMT had reached a new 13-point agreement on how to improve safety measures in its fleet.
Amongst the new measures were full implementation of feedback reports from customers and provision of functional check points on all PMT routes.
The PMT said it had experienced a significant reduction in its customer base as a result of the inaccurate reports.