COVID-19: FRSC to begin enforcement of wearing face masks, spacing by road users in Katsina
FRSC to begin enforcement of COVID-19 protocols on road users in Katsina
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Katsina Command, says it will soon begin the enforcement of Covid-19 protocols on road users.
These protocols include passenger spacing and compulsory wearing of face masks by drivers and passengers all aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus.
Mr Sule Tanimu, FRSC Sector Commander in the state, disclosed this on Monday in Katsina during a meeting with transport unions, fleet operators and other stakeholders on post lockdown inter-state transport operations.
Tanimu said the meeting was to inform, enlighten and seek the support of stakeholders on the new policy.
He said the measure was in line with COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on safety measures by transport operators in the country.
According to the new guideline, 13-seater bus, which carries 13 persons before, will be limited to carrying only nine passengers now, while 10-seater bus should now carry seven passengers.
Seven-seater bus will be allowed to carry five persons, four-seater bus now to carry three passengers.
Motorists must also henceforth provide hand sanitiser for the safety of passengers, while passengers must wear face masks before being allowed into motor parks.
In his remarks, Dikko Abdulkadir, Assistant Secretary, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state, said that they had begun enlightenment for their members on the PTF decision on COVID-19.
Abdukkadir solicited commuters’ understanding over the anticipated increase in fare due to the new passenger spacing arrangement in the state.