The Federal Road Safety Corps has said it will begin conduct of compulsory eye test for drivers to ascertain quality of vision to reduce Road Traffic Crashes in 2020.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, said this at the corps operators’ meeting with Zonal Commanding officers in Abuja, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Oyeyemi said that poor vision was one of the major causes of road crashes globally and the corps would ensure that only drivers with excellent vision drive on Nigerian roads to avoid unnecessary carnage.
He said the statistics of RTC in 2019 was not encouraging and added that the corps needed to put in more strategies to ensure fewer accidents in 2020 and beyond.
The corps marshal said the issue of poor vision was not limited to Nigeria, but a global concern that needed urgent attention. Meanwhile, candidates who apply for the recently concluded frsc recruitment should visit frsc recruitment login website to check their names.
“The issue of vision for drivers is a global concern now from the preparatory conference held a fortnight ago in Washington DC. This issue is not only a Nigerian problem as it has become an international issue happening even in developed countries.
“When we conducted a vision test randomly on the highway last year during the end of the year operation Zero tolerance special intervention patrol, 30 per cent of the drivers failed it.
“As you get older, the sight deteriorates in terms of accuracy of objects ahead of you; and this means failure to carry out the appropriate vision test for drivers may cause more harm than good.
“So, we would be partnering with Nigeria Optometrists Association to ensure that commercial and articulated drivers’ inability to use glasses despite their poor vision would be corrected,” he said.
Oyeyemi reiterated that the issue of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol was a serious offence that would be strictly addressed, noting that drugs were more dangerous and stronger than alcohol.
He noted that the FRSC would strengthen the partnership with National Union of Road Transport workers and deploy various devices used in testing drivers to various parks across the country.