THE Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has disclaimed reports in a section of the media that it blacklisted the Peace Mass Transport Company.
The FRSC denied that it had indicted or blacklisted any major transport operator in the country for accident related- issue.
The Head, Media and Strategy of FRSC, Mr Bisi Kazeem, said this on Wednesday, while reacting to a report that the corps had blacklisted “Peace Mass Transit Operator” for involvement in accidents.
He, however, disclosed that the FRSC was concerned that the company’s vehicles had been involved in 10 road accidents in the last six months which claimed 22 lives and not 37 lives.
He said the corps had an interface with the PMT on the incidents, saying it was a routine interface when the corps noticed upsurge in road accidents involving the fleet of any company and which is not limited to PMT.
“We came out with a statistics to show that about 22 people were killed in accidents involving PMT in recent time.
“But, unfortunately, when we sent the press release out, there was an error where 37 were mentioned. It is actually 22.
“As a responsible and responsive organisation, we felt, we should correct the mistake because we are not here to spoil business for anybody. Our own concern is safety and way forward,’’ he said.
He further stated that once FRSC observed a trend, may be a particular fleet operator is getting more involved in crashes than expected, where more lives are being lost, such organisation is invited.
He noted that this was being done through a department in the corps, Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme (RTSSS), being supervised by the Corps Transport Standardisation Officer (CTSO).