Here in this post, we lay 9 functions of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC). This information will help you appreciate what they are doing within the organisation.
The Federal Road Safety Commission was established to carry out specific responsibility, and this responsibility was to make sure that the Nigerian highways are safe for road users, such as motorists that plied these highways.
That is why I am writing this article, because in this article, I am going to explain as many as possible the functions of the Federal Road Safety Commission.
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However, it is noteworthy to know that one of the statutory functions of the Federal Road Safety Commission was to check roadworthiness of motor cars and buses, etc. It is its duty to stop any vehicle that does not worth to ply Nigerian highways.
It is also incumbent on the part of the Federal Road Safety Commission to make sure that, it makes recommendations, as well as make the necessary provisions, such that would help minimize and/or eliminate accidents on the Nigerian highways.
The Federal Road Safety Commission also saddled with the responsibility of educating road users, motorists and the general public on why there should be discipline on the part of the motorists while plying Nigerian highways.
This is very important! Hence, the above has however underscored the very reason, why the Federal Road Safety Commission was established. Now, what are the functions of the Federal Road Safety Commission? Let us look at these functions together.
Federal Road Safety Commission’s Functions
Just as I have said earlier in this article, the Federal Road Safety Commission has been assigned with some functions, when it was established, and I am going to itemize them and explain these functions respectively. Below therefore, are the functions of the Federal Road Safety Commission:
1. Makes Nigerian Highways Safe For Road Users
One of the major functions of the federal road safety commission is to make sure that, Nigerian highways are safe for motorists and other road users. This is very important and necessary, since such measure would help minimize accidents on the highways.
2. Recommends Works And Devices Designed To Eliminate Accidents
Another functions of the federal road safety commission borders on recommending works, as well as, some devices that would be designed for the purpose of helping in eliminating accidents or minimizing accidents on the Nigerian highways.
The duties of the federal road safety commission does not stop there however, it goes as far as, advising relevant authorities, such as the Federal government and he State governments and other relevant governmental agencies on such localities whereby, these devices are required.
3. Educates Road Users And Members Of The Public On Importance Of Discipline
There is need as to why motorists should be discipline while on the highway. This is very important since it will help in reducing accident occurrences on the Nigerian highways.
Against this backdrop, it therefore, remained the statutory function of the federal road safety commission to enlighten motorists, as well as, educate road users on the importance of being discipline, when once they are on the road with a view to reduce the rate of accidents on the Nigerian highways.
4. The Commission Prevents and Minimizes Accidents on Nigerian Highways
This is very important, and it is a major function of the federal road safety commission. It is incumbent on the part of the federal road safety commission to make sure that, reliable measures are being put in place to, if not completely prevent road accidents, but can minimize such problems on the Nigerian highways. And this is what the commission has been trying to accomplish over the years.
5. The Commission Clears Obstructions On Highways
It is a known fact that most of the roads in the towns and cities have been obstructed by spoiled and abandoned vehicles, and some of these vehicles do breakdown while on the highway.
As a result, these breakdown vehicles, for the most part, do obstruct highways, and free flow of traffic on the Nigerian roads, hence, do result in causing accidents.
Against such backdrop, it is expected of the federal road safety commission, as one of its statutory functions, to make sure that these obstructions on the highways are cleared.
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6. The Commission Educates Drivers And The General Public On The Proper Use Of Roads
This is another functions of the federal road safety commission. The commission has a sole responsibility of making sure that drivers and motorists and the members of the public are educated property on the use of Nigerian highways.
This is because, careless use of roads can lead to some sort of problems on the highways, such as road accidents. Therefore, it is important that, the road users and the general public be enlightened on the proper use of roads by the federal road safety commission.
7. The Commission Designs and Produces Driver’s License
Provision of driver’s license lies within the responsibility of the federal road safety commission. And so, what they do is to design the driver’s license, and after designation of these drovers’ licenses, it is expected of the federal road safety commission to produce these drivers’ licenses in numbers in order to be used by different categories of road users and vehicle operators in the country.
8. The Commission Determines The Requirements For Drivers License
For driver’s license to be issued, some requirements have to be met. Therefore, it is incumbent on the part of the federal road safety commission to determine from time to time, such requirements needed to be met by an applicant for this driver’s license. And without meeting this requirements, driver’s license may not be issued. This is important!
9. The Commission Determines and Produces Vehicle Plate Number
Another major function of the federal road safety commission is in the area of producing vehicles plate number to vehicle owners.
Vehicle plate number is very important and necessary, because through a plate number, vehicle could be identified and tract in the event of, where the vehicle is used for criminal activities or purposes.
However, it is noteworthy to know that one of the statutory functions of the Federal Road Safety Commission was to check road worthiness of motor cars and buses, etc. It is its duty to stop any vehicle that does not worth to ply Nigerian highways.
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