… Flags off Self Examination Campaign, as it thanks Sanwo-Olu for Suspending Committee on Removal of Abandoned Trucks***
The Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), a body of core haulage professionals has flagged off a membership-sensitization campaign, stressing that aside from dressing very neat, under no conditions should its members drive again under the influence of alcohol.
The Wake-up Call campaign also saw the AMATO, a highly respected group headed by Chief Remi Ogungbemi, with Mohammed Sani Bala as its Administration Secretary, specifically thanked the Lagos State Governor, for the suspension of the Committee on Removal of Abandoned Trucks, even as it stresses that truckers must self-examine, and ensure, that every container-laden truck on the road has Twist-lock or container hooks, properly gripping the container together with the truck.
The AMATO full statement reads:
“In view of the mind-boggling and gory accidents involving containerized/palletized trucks on our highways, we summoned an emergency meeting where we painstakingly rubbed minds in order to ascertain and proffer solutions to the factors that are responsible for the falling of containers and palletized cargoes from trucks on the road.
“In order to forestall or mitigate the stories that touch minds, we are calling on every trucker to immediately embark on self-examination by ensuring that:
1. Drivers have VALID Driver’s license, do not drive under influence of drugs/alcohol, and always dress neatly.
2. The device known as Twist-lock or container hook that grips the container together with the truck must be in good condition and seen to be properly used always.
3. That our trucks have basic components, LE functional headlamps, mirrors, rear lights, and reflective tapes at the tail end of our trucks.
4. That all drivers loading general cargoes, especially palletized CARD-BOARDS to always insist on one pallet on the Two pallets that are already on the floor of the truck.
5. We applauded the indefinite suspension of the Committee on Removal of Abandoned Trucks by the Lagos State Governor.
Though, we considered the suspension a privilege.
Hence our resolve to embark on a road safety campaign so that the privilege would not be withdrawn.
“Therefore, we should ensure that our drivers do not park indiscriminately or cause obstruction to free flow of traffic on the road.
“We are also embarking on constant engagement with our drivers together with other relevant government agencies for further sensitization with a view to promoting a better working relationship that will enhance safety on our roads.
“In conclusion, we look forward to this safety campaign spurring us into the revolution of fixing our trucks REAR LIGHTS, MIRRORS, REFLECTIVE TAPES, and ensuring that containers are properly secured on the trucks with container TWIST LOCKS, and general cargoes are properly LATCHED on the trucks for the general safety of lives and property on the roads”, the Group stated further.