These statistics may not surprise some road users who witness firsthand how some truck drivers drive with so much recklessness.

But it is nonetheless shocking that about 30%, that is 3 out of 10, of drivers of articulated vehicles have vision problems and can hardly see well at night - and this is coming from someone who really knows, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi.

He said this was the outcome of a recent research conducted by the corps following frequent road accidents involving trailers/tankers leading to loss of lives.

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Oyeyemi who also lamented that the FRSC had lost 74 of its officials as a result of reckless acts of some drivers in the last 18 months, spoke on ‘Safety as an imperative for road cargo transportation’ at the Haulage and Logistics Magazine Annual Conference and Exhibition in Lagos.

He said: “We conducted a vision test on the highway and motor parks and we observed that 30% of the articulated vehicle drivers had vision problems and that is also contributing to the crashes.

“We discovered during the interview session that they think if they use glasses, they will lose their jobs. Employers should be training their drivers and encouraging them to use glasses to enhance their driving skills.”

He expressed worry about the high rate of accidents involving tankers/trailers, attributing about 85% of the road crashes to human error.

Oyeyemi lamented that “crashes involving articulated vehicles are much more distressing because of the higher rate in fatality and over all negative multiplier economic effects, asides environmental pollution”.

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