Coronavirus: VIO cautions drivers – P.M. News


The FCT Directorate of Roads Traffic Services (DRTS) popularly known as Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), has told private and commercial drivers not to have more than three passengers in their cars.

The spokesman also cautioned Nigerians on the use of Air Condition this period “because were told that the coronavirus does not last in a hot environment”.

Kalu Emetu, Head, Public Relations, DRTS, spoke on Friday during an interaction with drivers at motor parks within Abuja.

He said enforcement of the federal government directive and sanction begins on Saturday.

Emetu advised drivers to carry two passengers at the back and one in the front.

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He also urged all drivers to ensure they had hand sanitisers in their vehicles for regular usage.

“Our men will be on ground and any driver carrying more than 2 persons behind, will be forced to drop one person”, he stated.

“And if we discover that the person has paid his/her transport fare, the person’s money will be refunded immediately.

“We all know the virus that is ravaging the world. One of the ways to correct it is total ensure social distancing that’s why we are talking about spacing.”

Emetu recalled that the federal government within the week, went on air to sensitise the public on the need not to carry more than three passengers in the vehicles.

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“We discovered that a lot of motorists are yet to comply with the directive. That’s why we are here to sensitise and demonstrate what World Health Organisation (WHO) and NCDC have been advising”, he added.