Plans are ongoing by the Federal Government to enforce regulations against abuses on federal roads.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola said this in Abuja when he appeared on NAN Forum.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari had issued instrument of ratification to an ECOWAS treaty to regulate axle loading within the sub-region.

The President had also signed an approval that the enforcement of the regulations should start from the loading points, petrol depots and sea ports.

So that ignorance will not be the excuse from road users, they are also putting up programme to educate and share details of the new axle load regulations signed by the president among Nigerians.

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This is to encourage Nigerians to voluntarily embrace compliance on the new regulations.

“We are having a one-day stakeholders’ meeting on Monday where all stakeholders will agree to voluntarily comply.

“Any vehicle that exceeded those load capacities in violation of the instrument of ratification will not be loaded,” he said.

The minister said the Federal Government was working towards the reintroduction of weigh bridges on critical highways to also address the problems of overloading.

According to him, we have issued regulations to take away those commercial benefits of overloading by making it extremely unprofitable, if you are caught.

He said the Federal Government would introduce fines for overloading because perpetrators do so for commercial benefits, adding that with stiffer fines and penalties, violators would think twice before doing it.

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